Teenage sweethearts, aged just 17 and 19, have been named among the 22 victims of the Manchester terror attack.
In a statement released by Greater Manchester Police, the families of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, have confirmed the couple did not survive the blast.
The touching tribute, which described the ‘inseparable’ teens as ‘meant to be’, read:
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 meant to be.
They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable. Chloe always described herself as ditzy who Liam adored and would do anything for, including Chloe’s demands for chocolate.
They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are.
— charlotte Rowe (@charlotterowe95) May 22, 2017
The couple had been unaccounted for after the explosion, and their families and friends desperately put out appeals to discover their whereabouts.
They are among the many missing teens who have since been confirmed dead after this atrocious attack, including 14-year-old Eilidh McLeod.
Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday they had identified all 22 victims and contacted their families, who were being supported by specially trained officers.