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Manchester attack: Ariana Grande's tribute to victim

Saffie Roussos Image copyright Andrew Roussos
Image caption Saffie Roussos would have celebrated her ninth birthday on Tuesday

Ariana Grande has paid tribute to the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos from Leyland, Lancashire was among 22 people killed at the pop star's concert on 22 May.

A day after what would have been her ninth birthday, Grande tweeted: "Saffie, we're [thinking] of you baby" alongside a birthday cake emoji.

Hundreds of people gathered in Saffie's hometown on Tuesday to mark the day.

Image copyright Ariana Grande

Balloons were released in her memory, with family friend Tess Watson saying the event was "the party she deserves".

In his first interview since the explosion, Saffie's father Andrew told the BBC earlier that day his daughter was "everything you could wish for in a little girl".

Image caption Family friend Tess Watson said 'I'm so glad we have done this for her'

Her older sister, Ashlee Bromwich, spoke of Saffie's excitement as she watched her idol on perform on 22 May.

"She was Ariana Grande-obsessed. She was so happy, she was elated all night, grinning," she said.

The US singer made the tribute to Saffie after performing a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Image copyright Roussos family
Image caption Saffie's brother Xander and father Andrew met Ariana Grande during her visit to meet those injured in the attack

Grande is in line to be the first recipient of an honorary citizenship of Manchester for organising the One Love Manchester concert in aid of victims of the bomb attack under plans put forward by the city council.

Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a home-made bomb in the arena's foyer at the end of Grande's concert.

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