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Ariana Grande Superfan Among Those Killed In Manchester Bombing

Georgina Callander, who snagged front row tickets at Grande's concert, was one of the 22 people killed by an apparent suicide bomber

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Georgina Callander with Ariana Grande, in 2015 — Twitter
May 23, 2017 at 7:47 AM ET

Georgina Bethany Callander, 18, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, England was among the 22 people killed by an apparent suicide bombing in the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.

Police said that a possible lone bomber detonated the explosive in the foyer of the arena, as the crowds of teenagers and their parents flooded out after the show.

A close friend said that Callander was one of the first victims rushed to a nearby hospital Monday night and that her mother was at her bedside when she died, according to the Evening Standard.

Georgina, who was known as “Gina” by her friends, was a student at Runshaw College, where she studied health and social care, the Independent reported. A day before the concert, she tweeted to Ariana Grande, “SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW!”

With front row seats, Gina uploaded video of the concert to her social media accounts. Callander had met Grande in person and took a picture with her back in 2015, when the artist was performing at the same arena in Manchester.

“After 6 years of waiting I finally got to meet and see my love,” wrote Callander at the time. “I am so happy right now. Hands down the best concert of my life.” She said that Ariana Grande had the “voice of an angel.”

Sophie Jauregui posted a series of tweets about her friend Gina, whom she describes as not having “one bad bone in her body she was a true ray of sunshine and loved everyone for who they were <3.”

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Her friends remembered her as a teenager with an enormous heart, and an ardent “oncer,” or a huge fan of the TV show Once Upon A Time.

Once Upon A Time actress Karen David also took to social media to mourn “this sweet and beautiful lady Georgina.”

“It makes me so angry and it breaks my heart that such a young and promising life has been stolen away!” wrote David underneath an Instagram pic shot just a few weeks back. “Dearest Georgina, may your kind soul rest in peace. Heaven has gained an angel.”