Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Even Walking around Tesco Would Have Been Difficult. the Aisles Are the Same. We Would Have Been Expecting to See Saffie at Every Corner

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Even Walking around Tesco Would Have Been Difficult. the Aisles Are the Same. We Would Have Been Expecting to See Saffie at Every Corner

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THE father of the youngest person killed in the attack has spoken about his family leaving its home because 'the memories were too painful.' .

Saffie Roussos, eight, went to the Ariana Grande concert with mum Lisa and her sister Ashlee Bromwich, aged 48 and 24 at the time, both of whom suffered serious injuries.

After the attack, Lisa woke from a coma to be told of her daughter's death.

Andrew Roussos, 44, father to Saffie and son Xander, 12, said the outpouring of love from the community kept his family going in the wake of the atrocity.

In the weeks following the blast, the family's chip shop in Lyeland, Lancashire, became a sea of floral tributes to the little girl.

The family has since moved away.

Andrew said: "Our life, our home and our business were in Leyland and Saffie was such a huge character and a massive part of it.

We have overwhelmed love and support have "To go back to that without her and to have those constant memories would have been too hard.

Andrew Roussos, of Saffie "Saffie spent a lot of time with customers and was known and loved in the area.

"Even walking around Tesco would have been difficult as the aisles are the same and we would have been expecting to see Saffie at every corner.

"We don't ever want to forget Saffie, but being in Leyland the memories would have been too painful.

"We just wanted a fresh start - not to start again. There is no starting over after something like this - but to move away somewhere new and do our best to support each other."

Speaking about the agony of making sense of Saffie's tragic loss Andrew said his family had 'seen the worst of human nature with what happened.' .

But he added: "There are a lot of good shown father people out there and we have been overwhelmed by the love and support people have shown.

"When an atrocity like this happens and people say 'this is wrong and we will support you' it is a lovely feeling and it does help you in your darkest hours.

"We could not have done without the public and the support we have had.

"The support has been heartfelt and genuine and has come from right across the world. Nothing will ever bring Saffie back but knowing the public is behind you restores your faith in human nature. …

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