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Faces of innocents who fell to terror in Manchester Arena bombing

Families pay emotional tribute as 22 victims of Manchester bomb attack are named

Dominic Harris

The family of an off-duty Cheshire Police officer killed in the Manchester terror attack have said “she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics”.

Elaine McIver was among the 22 people killed when Salman Abedi set off a home-made suicide bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena on Monday night.

On Thursday, the list of names of those killed in the atrocity continued to grow. In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, Ms McIver’s family said: “Elaine was a much-loved daughter, sister, auntie, friend and colleague, the best we could ever have wished for.

“She was everyone’s friend, thoughtful beyond belief, with an effervescent and outgoing personality.

“She would have been devastated by the injuries sustained by her partner Paul, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

“Elaine just loved life, and had a major love of music. Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics; instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it.”

Leeds Beckett University student Courtney Boyle (19) and Philip Tron (32) both from Gateshead, are also among the dead.

Deborah Hutchinson, Ms Boyle’s mother and the partner of Mr Tron, described the pair as “both my angels flying high in the sky”.

Wendy Fawell (50), a mother from Otley in West Yorkshire, was reported to have been about to leave the concert with her 15-year-old daughter Charlotte, along with a friend and her sons, when they were caught in the attack. Charlotte was taken to hospital in Oldham and her brother, Adam Fawell (29), began a desperate search for his mother.

More than 100 people attended a vigil for her in Otley on Tuesday. 

In a statement her son, who did not want to be identified, said: “Me and my family are truly devastated by the news. Mum was a wonderful woman. So kind and generous and touched the lives of so many. She will be greatly missed.”

Scottish schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod was a “vivacious” youngster and “full of fun”, her family said following confirmation of her death in the attack 

The 14-year-old, from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, was at the concert with friend Laura MacIntyre (15), who was seriously injured and remains in hospital.

Her family said they were “devastated”, adding: “Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun.”

A fund set up for the families of the two girls has raised almost £20,000.

Teenage sweethearts from South Shields Chloe Rutherford (17) and Liam Curry (19) were “perfect in every way for each other” and “wanted to be together forever”, their families said in a joint tribute. 

Friends and relatives of Miss Rutherford and Mr Curry had issued desperate appeals for information after failing to make contact with them following the attack.

Mr Curry, a former pupil of Gateshead College, was studying for a degree in sport and exercise science at Northumbria University. His father Andrew died in March aged 49.

In a joint statement released through Greater Manchester Police, their relatives said they were inseparable, saying: “On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not. 

“They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be. They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families.” 

Miss Rutherford was studying music at college and was about to start an apprenticeship in travel.


From Belfast Telegraph