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The mother of the Manchester bomb victim says she might as well be dead herself


The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing has described her daughter dying in her arms and told the investigation that she might as well be dead.

Sorrell Leczkowski traveled to Manchester with her mother, grandmother, sister and friend of her brother from Adel in Leeds to shop ahead of the Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

When they got there, her mother Samantha bought tickets to the concert for Sorrell's younger sister Sophie, then 13, and her brother's friend, Lauren.

Sorrell returned to town with her mother and grandmother and returned to the arena where she made her family laugh by singing and dancing to the music while they waited for the concert to end.

At the time of the explosion, she was about 6 meters from Salman Abedi, the bomber, and her mother found her lying on the ground and starting CPR even though she was injured.

Sorrell Leczkowski (pictured) traveled to Manchester with her mother, grandmother, sister and friend of her brother from Adel in Leeds to shop ahead of the Ariana Grande concert in May 2017

In a statement read to the investigation, Samantha said, “I feel like I let her down and didn't save her. I'm more than devastated, I'm broken

"I have to deal not only with my mother and me being blown up, but Sorrell being blown up and dying in my arms."

She added, “The loss of one of my children killed me. I might as well be dead. I don't have a life without Sorrell.

“I don't care that my leg isn't working properly, I don't care that I am in constant pain because the pain in my heart is the worst pain I've ever had and it doesn't go away.

“I want Sorrell to come home. I think this is just a nightmare and I will wake up but I never do. I want to curl up in bed and never leave.

“I never put on make-up. I don't want to do anything or go anywhere without Sorrell. I feel empty. I feel sick all the time. It's like Groundhog Day every day. & # 39;

At the time of the explosion, Sorrell was about 6 meters from Salman Abedi (pictured at Victoria Station), the bomber. Her mother found her lying on the floor and started CPR even though she was injured

At the time of the explosion, Sorrell was about 6 meters from Salman Abedi (pictured at Victoria Station), the bomber. Her mother found her lying on the floor and started CPR even though she was injured

Sorrell's bedroom has remained untouched since she left for Manchester on the morning of May 22, 2017.

"I can't bring myself to change Sorrell's room and I want it to stay the way she likes it," said Ms. Leczkowski.

"I regularly open and close her curtains and find comfort in sitting in Sorrell's bedroom and talking to her."

Sorrell had a clear plan for her future and was eager to take an eight-year architecture course at the University of Colombia in New York, her mother said.

The last birthday card Mrs. Leczkowski had received from her daughter was read out to the question in which she promised: “We will be in New York on your 60th birthday. We're going to have lunch at Macy's and a day of shopping with me. Then a nice dinner to end with a stroll through Times Square, but until then this card and gifts will have to last for years to come. & # 39;

She added, “You really are my rock and I love you with all my heart, what if you didn't know you were doing it now.

“Hope you have a good lunch and I'll see you after school. If you want, I will do your makeup for tea even though you are already the most beautiful, intelligent and nicest person I have ever met. I love you mom. & # 39;

The scene in front of the Manchester Arena after the bomb attack that killed 22 people and injured hundreds

The scene in front of the Manchester Arena after the bomb attack that killed 22 people and injured hundreds

Ms. Leczkowski said of the investigation: “This message sums up our relationship. She was my daughter and I was proud of her, but she was my best friend. Me and my children were against the world. & # 39;

Ms. Leczkowski described working two part-time jobs, one at Leeds-Bradford Airport before their children woke up and one at the Post Office while they were at school.

“We didn't have a lot of money as a family, but that didn't affect Sorrell. She never cared about material goods and as a family we made the best memories of what we had. & # 39;

Sorrell used craft skills to decorate her bedroom herself, painting the furniture white, and making a photo wall of friends and family.

She watched YouTube to get ideas and try them out, and taught herself how to make handbags, backpacks, and wallets out of colored tape.

Ms. Leczkowski said: “When we got into the car, we sang and danced the whole trip, we laughed and laughed. None of this is happening now. I can't even stand watching the TV that I saw before.

“I miss Sorrell and we want her back. I want her home. I want us all to be together again. & # 39;

Sorrell's grandmother Pauline was also seriously injured in the attack. She suffered a chest injury and injuries to her legs and arms that required treatment in intensive care and reconstructive surgery.

Commenting on the investigation, Pauline's husband, Sorrell's grandfather, said, “The devastation of this event will never leave me. Every day since I took care of Pauline, who was one of the worst injured in the attack.

“Every day I see her physical pain, her mental torment when everything becomes too much. Pauline was there when Sorrell came into this life and she was there when she was taken out of this life.

“I will continue for Pauline, for Samantha and for all of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I have so much love in my life, but a piece of that love has been torn away from me. & # 39;

Stacie, Sorrell's aunt who is her & # 39; second mummy & # 39; Said, & # 39; The pain I was feeling through all of this turned into extreme anger when I knew that my mother, sister and niece were victims of pure hatred, a hatred they had had never invited a hatred for which they were not responsible. & # 39;

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