Who Was Philip Tron? The Manchester Victim Had The Most "Energetic Soul"
The world is still reeling from the bombing in Manchester, England, on Monday, in which a suspected terrorist killed 22 people outside of an Ariana Grande concert. One of the Manchester victims was Philip Tron, a 32-year-old bartender from Gateshead, Newcastle.
Tron was a bartender at Gateshead Arms, according to ITV. The BBC reported that he arrived at the concert with his 19-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney Boyle, who was also killed in the blast. According to the Sun, the two were there to pick up Boyle's 14-year-old sister, Nicole, who had attended the concert. Nicole survived the attack.
Tron's family wrote a tribute to him after his death, which was posted on Twitter by Greater Manchester Police.
Firstly, we would like to thank the emergency services, police, nurses, support staff, family and friends and the people of Manchester for their continued help and support which they have given us throughout this harrowing time.
Our most amazing son, partner, brother, father, uncle, nephew and cousin, Philip Tron, sadly passed away on the 22nd May 2017. Philip was such a fun loving, energetic soul, he would light up the darkest room and lift your spirits with his infectious laugh, witty sense of humour and his beautiful smile.
Words cannot express the huge void his passing has left in all our lives.
Nicole also wrote a tribute to Tron. "Phil, my stepdad, my costa buddy, you were always there no matter what to keep me safe and make me happy," she said, according to the Metro.
The Chronicle reported that Tron and Boyle were the last two victims of the attack to be publicly confirmed by police. Just the day prior, Twitter users were asking the public to help find him, as he had been missing, along with his stepdaughter.
On Thursday morning, hundreds of people gathered in St. Ann's square in Manchester to pay tribute to victims of the attack. After a moment of silence, the crowd began spontaneously singing "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis, a band that was founded in the city.
In a speech honoring the victims, Prime Minister Theresa May focused on the "unbreakable spirit of the people of Manchester." She said, "As we remember those who died, their loved ones and those who were injured, we will celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that terrorism never wins, our country and our way of life will prevail." And based on the way people have come together to support those who are grieving, that seems accurate.