LDS Church leader expresses condolences following Manchester explosion


A bomb went off following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on Monday, May 22, 2017. (Photo courtesy Manchester Arena)

Elder Patrick Kearon, the Europe area president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expressed condolences to the victims of the Manchester explosion on Tuesday morning.

“Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we hear of the devastating violence in Manchester, where young people and their parents had gathered to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment,” said Elder Kearon in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers reach out to those who are suffering as a result of these tragic events. May the love of God and of decent people — demonstrated by spontaneous acts of kindness towards victims — heal hearts and provide comfort.”

On Monday evening, a bomb went off at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, according to the New York Times. Concert attendees had begun to exit the arena — which seats 21,000 — at the conclusion of the concert when a bomb exploded around 10:30 p.m. The death toll from the explosion currently sits at 22 while 59 other victims were hospitalized, some with critical injuries. The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the attack.

Grande, the American pop singer who headlined the concert, expressed her condolences on Twitter.


The Manchester Arena posted a statement on its social media accounts:

Monday night’s terrorist attack was the worst in the history of Britain since 2005. That attack on London’s transit system killed 52 people died along with four assailants.

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