Viral symbol marks bravery of teenage fans caught in blast
A POIGNANT emblem of young bravery has emerged on social media after the horror that unfolded at an Ariana Grande concert.
The singer's friend Hailee Steinfield tweeted an image of a black ribbon topped with a pair of Grande's signature bunny ears on a pink background.
The drawing, which did not need any words to accompany it, quickly gained tens of thousands of likes and retweets from Grande's teenage fans and helpless observers.
It was the perfect symbol of unity and empathy among young people after the brutal suspected suicide bomb attack that left 22 dead and around 60 injured at Manchester Arena.
Police have now confirmed that the attack was perpetrated by a man carrying an improvised explosive device, who died at the scene. They said children were among the dead.
Many young people made the image their Twitter profile pictures, adding comments including "Pray for Manchester" and "Hoping for better days."
Others simply responded with broken heart and crying emojis.
Hours after the incident Grande tweeted an emotional message: "Broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have the words".
TMZ reported the singer was "inconsolable" and "in hysterics" after learning of the deaths, and has indefinitely suspended her world tour.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull encapsulated the tragedy of the incident as he expressed Australia's sympathy for and solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.
"This attack is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers," Mr Turnbull said.
"This is an attack on innocence. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere."
Many young people are still missing after the explosions at the concert. Friends and families have been sharing pleas for people to help find missing loved ones on social media.
Others were reportedly going from hospital to hospital searching for their relatives, after the injured were taken to six different facilities.