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A friend says the 14-year-old was killed "one in a million" in a bomb attack at the Manchester Arena.


in a million & # 39 ;. Schoolgirl Nell Jones was one of 22 people killed in the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017

The best friend of a 14-year-old math prodigy who was killed in the attack on the Manchester Arena has told an investigation that she is "irreplaceable" and "one in a million".

Schoolgirl Nell Jones was one of 22 people killed in the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

Nell had gone to the concert with her friend Freya Lewis, who was seriously injured in the attack.

The teenager is said to have had a large circle of friends, including Freya, but belonged to a close group of four people who were "always together at school and outside".

One of her friends, Olivia, who she met in elementary school, said in a statement to the investigation: “Nell was the best friend anyone could ever want and always wanted to help people. She was also very confident while I was shy.

“There were times when we didn't have to say anything, we could just look at each other and burst out laughing. Nobody else would understand, but we would know. & # 39;

Olivia added, “She was the one I could share everything with. If I searched all over the world, I would never find someone so loyal, caring, fun and full of life, ”Olivia said in a statement read to the investigation.

“She was one in a million and she will live in my heart forever. One word that I would use to describe them is irreplaceable. She will be my best friend forever. & # 39;

Farmer's daughter, Nell Jones, of Goostrey, Cheshire, was excellent at English and math and was put on the Gifted and Talented Register at school.

At age 13, she took part in the Kangaroos School Math Challenge and was awarded gold.

Nell went to the concert with her friend Freya Lewis (picture), who was seriously injured in the attack

Nell went to the concert with her friend Freya Lewis (pictured), who was seriously injured in the attack

Police are helping survivors at the site of the Manchester bombing which killed 22 people in May 2017

Police are helping survivors at the site of the Manchester bombing which killed 22 people in May 2017

She was also known for her love of ballet, contemporary dance, and musical theater, and enjoyed the music of Ed Sheeran and Adele.

Growing up on a turkey farm, joining the Knutsford Young Farmers was one of her favorite pastimes, her family said.

Another close friend of Nell's, Alex said she had "never met a girl who was so passionate and positive about life".

She described her friend as "intelligent and organized" and said she "loved everything from math to art and drama."

They enjoyed Christmas markets, went ice-skating in the park, went to the movies and the young farmers' club.

“Our little loving friendship groups have never been happier, I could never have imagined that the death of our little village girl who grew up on the family's turkey farm would become world news. It's a great honor for me to tell people that I know Nell on such a personal level. & # 39;

Nell's brother Sam read the tributes from the investigation into the bombing and said, “Although she excelled in school, Nell was always very humble about her abilities and always thought that others were far smarter than her.

“It was on the stage that everyone really saw Nell shine. Nell loved entertaining others with her bright, bubbly personality. She put her heart and soul into every performance and gave her audience a lot to remember. & # 39;

In the tribute, her parents, Jayne and Earnie (CORR) said she was always interested in learning new things from her first steps and connecting her shoelaces to learning to ride a bike. "She'd hold out relentlessly until she got it right."

At school, she "hated unkindness and would protect her friends to the point," and she "soaked up everything she was taught like a sponge," they said.

22 people were killed in the terrorist attack that took place during the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017

22 people were killed in the terrorist attack that took place during the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017

Her brother said Nell & # 39; lit our days with her energy and passion for life & # 39; adding, 'Every day has been an adventure for Nell and we have all been taken.

"The thought of the coming years without her in our life is really unbearable and I have no words to describe the pain and sadness we feel every day, but these 14 wonderful years we shared together and the memories, that we did were really something special.

"We loved Nell with all our hearts, and we always will."

Ms. Bebbington, her elementary school teacher, described her as "a fabulous role model to look up to" and as a "wonderfully talented girl who knows so many things".

Her English teacher at Holme Chapel Comprehensive School remembered her as a "big-hearted person" who "worked hard and made friends with the same work ethic and thirst for life."

"Those qualities would undoubtedly have brought Nell far, unfortunately we will never know how far," said her brother.

Her acting teacher said her "big heart is tied to a great personality and talent," and her music teacher said she was "a star from the start."

"She had a smile and a calm confidence that lit up every stage, a wonderful, caring young girl with an infectious smile," added the teacher.

Sir John Saunders, chairman of the investigation, said: “Your entire family has every reason to be so proud of Nell.

"What comes across the most is the sense of loss that everyone feels about their death, and my overwhelming impression is what a loss."

The mother, who was killed in a terrorist attack in the Manchester Arena, was "just a mother" by picking up the daughter from the Ariana Grande concert

A mother who was instantly killed in the attack on the Manchester Arena became a "guardian angel" for her daughter, who survived "amazingly," according to an investigation into the bombing.

45-year-old corporate secretary Michelle Kiss was "just a mother" when she waited in the foyer to pick up her youngest child after a concert in Ariana Grande on the evening of May 22, 2017, husband Tony said.

45-year-old corporate secretary Michelle Kiss was "just a mother" when she waited in the foyer to pick up her youngest child after a concert in Ariana Grande on the evening of May 22, 2017, husband Tony said

45-year-old corporate secretary Michelle Kiss was "just a mother" when she waited in the foyer to pick up her youngest child after a concert in Ariana Grande on the evening of May 22, 2017, husband Tony said

He said his wife "often" visited the venue with their three children to see various concerts and events, including six times their favorite band, Take That.

He said, “How sad to think that a place that brought so much joy to our family would forever be the place to take that joy away.

That fateful night, Michelle was just waiting for our daughter. She was just a mother. Michelle died, but somehow my daughter survived amazingly and such, luckily she was physically unharmed. The horrors she must have experienced after the explosion, however, are only known to herself.

“However, I like to believe that in the last few moments she shared, she brought some comfort to her mother. I also like to see her at the moment of her parting as her mother's little guardian angel, because I know that Michelle became her guardian angel at the same moment. & # 39;

His tribute – read by a close family friend, Mark Dickson – told the story of how the Whalley, Lancashire couple became childhood sweethearts and later “soul mates” when they married on Barbados Beach in 1995 and had three children, Dylan , 23, Elliott, 20, and their daughter in 2004.

He said, “From the moment we met to the moment my children were born, we seemed to have built the edges of our family picture. Now our family was complete.

“We knew we all had an exciting life ahead of us and we wanted to fill it with so many more wonderful memories. We were all so happy. & # 39;

Her sudden death left "a void," he said.

Mr. Kiss continued, “I will never stop loving my children or Michelle, and I will never stop doing my best for each of them, I will never stop trying. You have always been our number one priority and will continue to be mine. I'm sorry this happened to you, us. That's not fair.

“I will always try to ensure that our children take advantage of the opportunities life has to offer, just like their mothers do. Michelle Kiss. Just saying her name breaks my heart because I know that so many beautiful moments have been stolen from our future.

“The bomb not only destroyed the lives of 22 people in the arena that night, but also changed the lives of every family member who lost a loved one. You know what I mean.

"It has hurt those who have been injured and their families and many more people who were there and not there that night and who were also so deeply affected."

The commemorative part of the hearings will close this week. The public inquiry, chaired by Sir John Saunders, is expected to investigate the background to the suicide bomber Salman Abedi's attack and the response of the emergency services and will be completed next spring.

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