The family of victim Georgina Callander has urged the Government to 'open its eyes' over terrorism
In a statement praising 18-year-old Georgina and thanking the emergency services for their response to the horrific incident, her family lashed out at the Government’s handling of terror threats.
The statement, released via Greater Manchester Police, said: “I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our Government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow.”
Georgina was described as 'loving life' by her family
The 18-year-old was one of the first victims to be named following the atrocity on Monday that killed 21 others.
Her family described her as “loving life” and said she had just been accepted into Edge Hill University in Lancashire.
The statement continued: “Georgina was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, with a smile that was never ending.
Unless our Government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow
Callander family statement
“She always had big hugs for everyone and her life was blooming like the flowers she loved.
“She had not long passed her driving test and was doing great in her exams.
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“She had been accepted into Edge Hill University – here was a girl who was loving life.”
It added: “I want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful police and rescue services. Without their sacrifice this would have been a lot worse.
“We would also like to thank all the people who have sent caring messages of love and support, especially our local villagers.
“Thank you for the hugs, love and kind words; they really have had a profound effect on us.”
Georgina's family visited a vigil in Manchester to victims of the bombing
Earlier on Saturday the Callander family visited a vigil in Manchester in honour of the victims of the horrific terror attack, carried out by crazed jihadi Salman Abedi.
The family was seen releasing a bouquet of yellow balloons as hundreds of people applauded.