Sorrell Leczkowski was the daughter of Samantha Leczkowski and the sister of Sebastian and Sophie.Sorrell was 14 years old at the time of her death on 22nd May 2017.
Sorrell was a happy, positive and caring girl.“light up the room as she entered, singing and dancing”. Her independent spirit emerged from an early age. I heard of her powers of persuasion, even from the age of two, her sarcastic wit and her no‑nonsense approach to life.She would
Sorrell had a large, but close friendship group at school.“the roots and trunk and her friendships were the branches”. She held everyone together and was a natural leader.Samantha agreed with the deputy head’s assessment that Sorrell was
Sorrell’s family all adored her.“silly jokes”.She was family orientated and loved it when everyone came together. Her family recall many happy memories together on holidays and days out. She spent a lot of time with her grandparents learning to cook, doing craft projects on her nana’s kitchen table and laughing at her grandad’s
Sorrell was creative, talented and ambitious.She had a clear plan for her future. Her heart was set on an eight‑year course in architecture at Columbia University in New York. She was unafraid of all the hard work that lay ahead. Sorrell was so certain of the path she would follow that she told her mother they would celebrate her 60th birthday together in New York. Sorrell was awarded a posthumous honorary membership of the Barnard and Columbia Architecture Society, in light of her achievements.
Sorrell’s mother was so proud of Sorrell, whom she regarded not only as her daughter but also her best friend.“rock”. Sorrell should have had a “long, fun-filled life ahead of her” and, with her drive and determination, would have achieved so much.Sorrell considered her mum to be her
Events of 22nd May 2017
Sorrell had attended the Arena with her mum and nana Pauline, to drop off her sister Sophie and her friend for the concert.Sorrell then went into Manchester with her mum and nana. They shopped and had dinner together before returning to the car to wait for the concert to draw to an end. While in the car, Sorrell helped Pauline and Samantha play a word game.
They entered the City Room at 22:17:56, where they waited for Sorrell’s sister and her friend.Pauline and Samantha recall how Sorrell was singing, dancing and making them laugh.