The father of Manchester terror attack victim Saffie Roussos has paid tribute to his “stunning” daughter.
The nine year old who was of Cypriot origin was one of the 22 people killed in a terror attack after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena back in May.
Andrew Roussos spoke on a BBC programme and paised his little daughter by saying she was a “stunning young girl”.
“She was a joker. She was a huge character. She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl.
“She loved dancing, music, gymnastics. If she wanted something, she would do it,” he added.
“[She loved] fame, stardom.
“I knew that Saffie would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on, TV,” he said, speaking to the programme in his first interview since the attack.
Saffie adored Ariana Grande and went to the singer’s concert with her mother and sister.
Mr Roussos after the terror incident arrived at the scene to see what had happened and discovered his daughter Ashlee being treated and his wife and other daughter Saffie were missing.
“We just walked round and all the police were there. It was chaos.
“You’re panicking and worrying. You don’t know what’s going on,” he said.
Later it was confirmed that his wife was taken to hospital however Saffie could not be found and Mr Roussos started to fear the worst.
Police informed him that his daughter had died.
“I couldn’t take it in. I just sat there looking at him,” he said. “It’s just your worst nightmare. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know what to think.”
Saffie’s mother once she woke up from the coma she was in she turned to her husband and said: “Saffie’s gone, isn’t she?”.
He said he “nodded, and that was it. That’s all that was said really”.
Lisa Roussos is recovering well at hospital and the rest of the family are all “strong for each other according to Mr. Roussos.
Mr Roussos said he had met with Ariana Grande before her One Love Manchester concert in June.
“I wanted to tell her what she meant to Saffie,” he said. “I wanted to tell her I don’t want her to blame herself.
“All she could say to me was, ‘I’m sorry’, and I said, ‘You’ve got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do’.
“She thanked me,” he said. “She appreciated me telling her that.”
Mr Roussos said he was thankful that Saffie managed to enjoy the entire Ariana Grande concert before she died and that the attack had not taken place before the singer had finished her performance.
“I’m grateful she got to see all of it,” he said.
4th July was Saffie’s birthday and she was going to turn 9 years old.
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