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At approximately 10:30 p.m local time on May 22, an improvised explosive device tore open the night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Those targeted were the happy concertgoers attending pop star Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour, who were currently exiting the venue after her performance.
In the hours since, more than 20 victims have been confirmed dead — with dozens more injured — while a city has been shuttered and the militant jihadist organization, the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for the unthinkable events that have unfolded.
But, in the midst of terror, hope is not lost. The brave residents of Manchester have come out, in their grief, and shown their respects for the victims. A makeshift floral tribute has begun at St. Ann’s Square, where dozens of bouquets have been lain in honor and memory of those killed in the attack. Handwritten notes expressing love and support accompany the blooms, with drawings of hearts and other sentiments.
“Stay strong, the people of Manchester will never walk alone,” one reads.
“Ariana We [Heart] You” reads a brightly-colored sign.
In the face of death and mayhem, Manchester extends its heart and offers its hand.
Police officers relocate flowers, notes, cards, and candles in St Ann’s Square in Manchester on May 23, 2017.
People in Manchester leaving flowers in St. Ann’s Square following a suicide attack at Manchester Arena on May 22.
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