Saffie‑Rose Roussos was the daughter of Lisa and Andrew Roussos.She was the younger sister of Ashlee Bromwich and Xander Roussos. Saffie‑Rose was eight years old at the time of her death on 22nd May 2017.
Saffie‑Rose was a girl with a very bright future ahead of her. Although quiet in class, from a young age “she came alive when she could dress up and role play”. Later, at school discos, that quiet little girl “became confident whilst dancing and singing”. She had a love of gymnastics. I heard how she was full of energy and would constantly be practising gymnastic routines, jumping on her pogo stick and even climbing telegraph poles. She found joy in everything she did and brought a great deal of happiness to those around her.
Saffie‑Rose had bravery and strength.“‘Couldn’t do it’ wasn’t Saffie’s style” and the bangs and injuries that came from the backflips and somersaults never stopped her. All she ever wanted was a “cuddle and kiss” to make things better.
Lisa remembers her daughter as being a “pure, gentle, beautiful soul who touched people’s hearts with her kindness and infected people with her smile”. Her father described her as “perfection” and remembers “her beauty, big brown eyes and smile” and how spending time with her felt like “magic”. She had a way with people who were drawn to her amazing magnetic personality. She was so loved by her family and friends.
Events of 22nd May 2017
Saffie‑Rose received tickets to the Ariana Grande concert as a Christmas gift.“idol” along with Lisa and Ashlee. She would talk about it all the time, “it was just the conversation of every day” at home.She was ecstatic to receive the tickets, to finally be going to see her
On 22nd May 2017, Saffie‑Rose returned from school and got ready for the concert.“on cloud nine”.She wore an Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Tour T‑shirt and carried her Ariana Grande handbag. Andrew recalls waving Saffie‑Rose, Lisa and Ashlee off and that he had never seen Saffie‑Rose so excited. She was
Ashlee recalls having a good time at the concert and dancing with Saffie‑ Rose.“jumping up and down” and “dancing all the way through” the concert. She spoke of how lovely it was to watch Saffie‑Rose and Ashlee dance together and how happy Saffie‑Rose was.Lisa told of watching Saffie‑Rose
They left their seats at the end of the concert.Saffie‑Rose, holding her mother’s hand, entered the City Room from the concourse area at 22:30:45.