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Brother’s last chat with Manchester victim was dispute over borrowed car

Philip Tron, 32, died at Manchester Arena in May 2017, after Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb

Philip Tron was one of those who died in the Manchester bombing (Greater Manchester Police/PA).
Philip Tron was one of those who died in the Manchester bombing (Greater Manchester Police/PA).

The brother of a man killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack said he regrets that their last words were a squabble over a car.

Philip Tron, 32, was one of 22 people killed when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

Mr Tron died alongside his girlfriend’s daughter, Courtney Boyle, 19. He had travelled to the arena to collect her after the show.

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Salman Abedi on the night he carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

Philip’s brother, Michael Tron, spoke to the BBC about the loss of his brother, as the second anniversary of the attack approaches.

He said Philip had borrowed his car to drive to Manchester, but would not have it returned in time for Michael to go to work.

Mr Tron told BBC Radio Newcastle: “I wasn’t very pleasant because he wasn’t going to have my car back.

“So my last conversation with Philip was having a go at him, and that will never leave me.

“You live in that moment, you can’t break away from it – not a day goes by when I don’t miss him.

“We had such a bond towards the end. We were so close.”

More than 800 people were injured by Abedi’s homemade device, and Mr Tron is urging people to remember his brother and wear blue to mark the second anniversary of the attack in the #goblueforphil campaign.

He said: “It was his colour, he had those blue eyes my mam keeps going on about.”

Asked what his brother would think of his efforts, Michael said: “Honestly? He’d say: ‘what are you bothering for? just go and get a pint’ – he really would.”

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