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Life of Manchester attack's youngest victim Saffie Roussos celebrated in pop-themed funeral

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Damon Green

Moving footage of the youngest victim of the Manchester attack has been released by her family as her tragically short life was celebrated in a pop-themed funeral.

Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos' love of Ariana Grande's music was honoured in a packed service at Manchester Cathedral as she became the last of the 22 attack victims to be laid to rest.

Saffie's father Andrew Roussos and brother Xander led the coffin out of Manchester Cathedral. Credit: PA
Saffie's mother Lisa was also injured in the arena attack on May 22.

A photo montage of Saffie alongside words describing her as "full of life, love, joy and happiness" was played out in the cathedral, set to the sounds of her favourite popstar.

Saffie's coffin was carried in as Stevie Wonder's up-tempo hit Faith, which features Grande as a guest vocallist, played out.

  • Watch the photo montage in full below:
Saffie's coffin was brought in as the procession heard Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande's up-tempo hit.
Saffie, who died of multiple injuries, is the last of the Manchester attack victims to be laid to rest.

Saffie had been taken to Grande's fateful concert at Manchester Arena after being given the tickets as a Christmas present.

Among the photos released in the video tribute were a series of family snaps.

Saffie Roussos died as she left the concert with her mother and sister. Credit: Family handout

They included Saffie playing with her brother Xander, smiling alongside her parents on family holidays, wearing make-up and dressing up.

The youngster, from Leyland, Lancashire, was one of seven concert-goers aged under 18 who died after the attack in the foyer of the arena.

Saffie would have turned nine on July 4. Credit: PA
Ariana Grande had inspired Saffie's dream of becoming a YouTube star. Credit: PA

She was leaving the show alongside her sister Ashlee Bromwich, 26, and mother Lisa Roussos, 48, when suicide bomber Salman Abedi struck.

Saffie died of multiple injuries.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham left a flower to a tribute pile after joining mourners at the service. Credit: PA
Saffie's wicker coffin was covered in roses.

Friends of the music fan hope the photo montage will be liked and shared using the hashtag #Saffiethesuperstar to fulfil her dream of becoming a YouTube star.

The full YouTube video of Saffie can be viewed here.