A 14-year-old girl has been confirmed as the second youngest victim of the Monday night Manchester Arena terror attack.
Eilidh MacLeod was at an Ariana Grande gig in the centre of Manchester when a suicide bomber detonated a fatal device as hoards of young fans exited the arena.
Eilidh’s parents have now confirmed she did not survive the blast, saying: “Words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh.”
The Isle of Barra schoolgirl was reported missing along with her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, in the aftermath.
Laura was later confirmed to be alive, but in “serious condition” in a Manchester hospital. After the confirmation fears grew for Eilidh and family and friends desperately contacted hospitals and issued appeals to find her.
As Grande was on her final song, One More Time, the girls sent a text message to Eilidh’s mum Marion, who had accompanied them to Manchester, asking her to pick them up. It was the last time she would hear from her daughter.
At just 14, Eilidh – the 18th victim to be publicly identified – was one of the youngest victims of the attack.
Also announced dead were Chloe Rutherford, 17 and Liam Curry, 19.
Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday they had identified all 22 victims and contacted their families, who were being supported by specially trained officers.