On May 22nd, 2017, after one of Ariana Grande’s concerts for her Dangerous Woman tour in Manchester, England, a suicide bomb detonated, targeting concert-goers. While Grande remained unharmed, the attack ended up injuring 120 and killing 22 attendees on their way out of Manchester Arena. Even after the attack, several concert-goers have been confirmed missing and have yet to be found.
The bomber was confirmed to be 22-year-old Salman Abedi who killed himself using a makeshift bomb in the foyer of the arena. While ISIS took responsibility for Abedi’s actions, authorities believe that Abedi mainly acted independently.
In response to the tragedy, a vigil was held for the Manchester victims which drew several people from all over the UK to the city, bringing everyone together to honor those lost to the bombing. In addition, social media users have been posting about the missing victims to help others find them and have been using #MissingManchester to express their condolences. Ariana Grande also tweeted:
Ariana Grande tweeted:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Grande proceeded to hold a concert for the Manchester Victims entitled “One Love Manchester” to raise money in their memory and help establish an air of hope and unity in the wake of the catastrophe. Among those who performed were Grande, Justin Bieber, Imogen Heap, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams, and Katy Perry. The concert was televised internationally and was packed with supporters of the victims. The event raised $13 million for the victims through the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The Manchester Attack left disastrous repercussions in its wake but acted as a way to bring together musicians, their fans, and many others across the world to unite and spread love, as we should.