The dad of the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena terror attack has paid tribute to his “stunning” daughter – on the day of her birthday. Saffie Roussos, was among the 22 people who were killed after jihadi coward Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a deadly bomb after an Ariana Grande concert.
Today, her father Andrew Roussos has spoken out on what would have been her ninth birthday. Speaking on the BBC, he said he wanted her named and images to be remembered through the media, as it was what she would have wanted: “She was a joker, she was a huge character. She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl. She loved dancing, music, gymnastics. If she wanted something, she would do it.”
Saffie – whose idol was Ariana – had been at the concert with her mum Lisa, 48, and 26-year-old sister Ashlee Bromwich. Mrs Roussos was placed in an induced coma by doctors where she had two operations for her injuries received in the blast. And when she woke up, her husband explained she knew her daughter had died, saying: ’Saffie’s gone, isn’t she?’, which is when he nodded.