On May 22nd 2017, immediately after Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, a 22-year-old British Muslim, identified by authorities as Salman Ramadan Abedi, exploded a shrapnel-laden, home-made bomb at the exit of the venue. As a result 23 people (including the terrorist) have died and 116 were injured.
Any terrorist attack is terrifying and outrageous, this one even more so because so many of Ariana Grande’s fans are children, tweens and teens. (The youngest person killed in the Manchester bombing was only 8 years old!)
The compassion and solidarity of the people of Manchester following the explosion was heart-warming. Housing, food and transportation were provided free of charge to all affected. Queen Elisabeth visited injured survivors in the hospital.
British authorities acted swiftly and upon analyzing the improvised explosive device concluded that neither the device nor the attack were the work of a lone wolf. In the days following the Manchester tragedy, Salman Abedi’s home was searched. The police found plentiful supplies for bomb-making. Eight suspected co-conspirators were arrested in connection with the terrorist attack. UK’s state of emergency has been reduced from “critical” immediately after the attack to “severe”.
Tributes to victims and survivors of the Manchester terrorist attack continue growing. Several vigils were held. The United Kingdom, Europe and much of the world – including the United States – stand together with Manchester in condemnation of the attack.
Shortly after the terrorist attack in Manchester, Ariana Grande said:
“We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win… Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”
Having canceled her world tour following the tragedy, Ariana Grande has just announced that she’ll hold a benefit concert (“One Love Manchester”) in Manchester on June 4th. The star will be joined by other artists for the benefit performance (among them: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, Take That, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan).
The goal of the benefit concert is to raise money for “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” created by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross in support of the victims and survivors of the May 22nd bombing. Ariana Grande is true to her words.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich