Suspect in Ariana Grande Concert Bombing Named

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The suspect in yesterday’s deadly at an Ariana Grande concert has been identified as Salman Abedi, 22, a Briton of Libyan descent, who lived near the Manchester Arena.

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The Greater Manchester Police announced at a press conference this morning that they believe Abedi, detonated an explosive device just outside the Arena as concertgoers were exiting. The blast killed 22 people and wounded 59 others, including many children. Abedi also died at the scene. 

Authorities are currently investigating whether the bomber was part of a wider network. This morning, the Greater Manchester Police tweeted that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said the city will hold a vigil for the victims tonight at Albert Square in Manchester.

English Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that the people of Manchester had fallen victim to a “callous terrorist attack,” while American President Donald Trump called the bombers “evil losers.”  

Grande herself was not injured physically, but was obviously emotionally distraught, Tweeting that she was “broken.” Many artists like Lorde, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and Hayley Kiyoko sent their support to Grande and Manchester. 

Update. There are some GoFundMe campaigns that have been created for some of the victims:

Gina Callendar, young girl killed after innocently watching Ariana Grande (HERE)

Chris Paker, a homeless man who heroically ran toward the blast zone to help those affected (HERE)

John Atkinson, a man who also lost his life last night (HERE)

Here is a GoFundMe to aid all victims of this horrific attack (HERE)