A suicide bombing killed 22 people and wounded dozens more Monday night at a concert hall in Manchester, England, where American singer Ariana Grande had just performed. Children and teens, the pop star’s fan base, were among those killed.
In the wake of the tragedy, singers, actors and other celebrities are taking to Twitter to send prayers to Grande and her fans.
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande‘s show
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
Sending love to those affected in Manchester.
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) May 22, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I’m so sorry to hear this
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND
— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
Stunned by the news coming in from the UK… my thoughts are with the fans and families at Ariana’s Manchester show. Awful
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 22, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking
— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
Just saw the news about Manchester… Our hearts are breaking 💔 Prayers for all who attended, their families, Ari and her whole crew.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) May 23, 2017
I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.
Sending love to everyone involved. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this awful attack. Heartbreaking.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and my whole ❤️ are with Manchester this evening.
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 23, 2017
sending love and prayers to Ariana and everyone that was at her show❤️
— Noah Cyrus (@noahcyrus) May 23, 2017
Devastated by the news of what happened in Manchester at @arianagrande‘s concert. Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) May 23, 2017
Absolutely gut wrenching. God bless the people of Manchester offering rooms and rides tonight. #roomformanchester
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) May 23, 2017
My heart breaks for everyone who endured the terrifying attack at Ariana Grande’s show in Manchester. I’m praying for everyone there…
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) May 23, 2017
oh god…….my heart is breaking hearing about this tragedy that happened at Manchester arena tonight…
— Camila Cabello (@Camila_Cabello) May 23, 2017
We’re on tour a half mile away from explosion but SAFE! Insane world. Grab all the peace and love you can. Praying now. #Manchester
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 23, 2017
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari
— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
At a press conference on Tuesday, Manchester’s police chief, Ian Hopkins identified the suspected suicide bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Abedi lived just 3.5 miles from Manchester Arena where he detonated a homemade bomb on Monday around 10:30 p.m. local time, according to Hopkins.
Grande’s concert had just ended and the singer had walked off stage, while crowds of teenagers began to leave. Authorities first learned of the explosion around 10:33 p.m. local time, according to Hopkins.
Abedi died in the attack. Hopkins declined to provide further details about the suspect, saying a coroner had not yet officially identified him. Police are still trying to determine whether he “was acting alone or as part of a network,” Hopkins told reporters.
Monday night’s bombing marks the deadliest terror attack in the United Kingdom since 2005.
(H/T Associated Press)
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