Ariana Grande Paid A Moving Birthday Tribute To The Youngest Manchester Attack Victim

Saffie Roussos would have been 9 years old.

Ariana Grande took a moment during her Buenos Aires concert on Wednesday to pay tribute to Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the bombing at Grande's show in Manchester earlier this year. Saffie would have turned 9 years old on July 4.

The singer performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" during Wednesday's show. The song became a highlight of Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert last month, and holds personal meaning to her as the song she sang for her grandfather after he passed away.

"Happy birthday, Saffie," Grande said at the close of the song, and blew a kiss to the sky. The sweet moment was captured by concertgoers.

Roussos was attending Grande's Manchester concert on May 22 with her mother and older sister when the bombing occurred. Her mother Lisa had several operations and was put in a medically induced coma. When she awoke, according to the BBC, she knew her daughter had passed away before being told.

Her father Andrew told the BBC that he met Grande before her One Love Manchester concert, explaining, "All she could say to me was, 'I'm sorry', and I said, 'You've got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do.'"

"[She loved] fame, stardom," Mr. Roussos said of his daughter. "I knew that Saffie would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV."

Grande also made sure to recognize Saffie on social media, posting a message on Instagram in which she wrote that she was thinking of the young fan, adding a birthday cake emoji.

What's newwwww, Buenos Aires Argentina, I love you ☁️ Saffie, we're 💭 of you baby 🎂

A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

Roussos' hometown of Leyland, Lancashire, also commemorated her birthday, as hundreds of people gathered to release balloons into the air and observe a moment of silence. There was even an Ariana Grande birthday cake.

"We didn't want to just let her birthday pass," her father reportedly told the BBC. "Saffie loved the limelight and I just wanted to celebrate Saffie's birthday through doing this."

Cover image via Instagram

(H/T: ET Online)

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