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Terrorists have turned rock concerts into soft targets before—the November 2015 attack on Paris’s Bataclan nightclub attack left 130 dead. But Monday night’s horrific attack in Manchester was especially devastating given the age of many of the victims.
A suicide bomber detonated a nail-bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, killing 22, some of whom were young girls who had just attended a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.
As the news broke and details emerged, so did the outpouring of love and condolences from the pop music and celebrity communities on social media.
Below, we’ve included some of their messages posted on Twitter, starting with one from Grande herself, who made it out of the arena safely—but is clearly shaken.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking
— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2017
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) May 23, 2017
My deepest Condolences & Prayers to the Victims and their Families involved in this Tragedy & Evil in Manchester. @ArianaGrande 🙏
— Antonio Sabáto Jr (@antoniosabatojr) May 23, 2017
Deeply saddened this morning for a stadium full of our younger generation, who just the breath before, had had the best night @ArianaGrande
— Imogen Heap (@imogenheap) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strength to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏼
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) May 23, 2017
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 23, 2017
@ArianaGrande stay safe and strong moonlight queen 🌙
— Hayley Williams (@HayleyWi11iams) May 23, 2017
Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this awful attack. Heartbreaking.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande‘s show
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
Of course, with every mass tragedy also comes incredible heartlessness. The Twitter troll getting the most vitriol sent his way this morning is David Leavitt, a Twitter-verified freelance journalist, whose bio says he writes for CBS, Yahoo, and the Examiner. He tweeted: “MULTIPLE CONFIRMED FATALITIES at Manchester Arena. The last time I listened to Ariana Grande I almost died too.” (He’s since deleted the tweet.)
Piers Morgan, among others, tweeted an expletive-laced response to Leavitt’s tweet this morning.