Who Were Marcin & Angelika Klis? The Manchester Concert Victims Were Waiting For Their Kids
As the names of the dead are confirmed from the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester Monday night, families are trying to grapple with their loss. Not all of those who were killed actually attended the concert according to new reports from officials. Marcin and Angelika Klis' kids were at Ariana Grande's concert, and they had been waiting at the Manchester area to pick them up when they were killed. One of their daughters, a student at the University of York had posted on Facebook asking for help in locating them early Tuesday morning.
After not being seen or heard from since, the news finally came on Wednesday. The Polish foreign minister confirmed that they were killed in the attack. The two are from Poland originally but lived in York, where Marcin worked as a taxi driver, the BBC reported. According to Metro, a Polish website identified their two surviving daughters as Alex and Patricia.
Alex, the their 20-year-old, who is a university student, had shared a picture of them on Facebook. It was a selfie they had taken in the Manchester that showed the two exactly as they appeared Monday night. Marcin wore a red shirt and Angelika had on a white blouse. Alex appealed for help finding them:
Anyone who is in any safe place or hospital in Manchester, if anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they've been missing ever since the attack, this is a picture taken tonight so this is exactly what they were wearing.
Witold Waszczykowski, the Polish foreign minister, told RMF FM that consular help is being given to the daughters and another Polish citizen who is currently at the hospital. "We are appealing to Poles living in Manchester to take extra care and follow the advice of local authorities," he added.
A Crowdfunder page has been started for the couple's daughters. The project, started by Patricia Stelmach is to go towards funeral expenses or anything else the daughters must pay as a result of the attack. Stelmach explained her motivation:
Marcin and Angelika Klis have lost their lives in the attack in Manchester Arena. They left behind two very young daughters and my heart is completely broken for them. I, therefore, decided to make this Crowdfunding page to help the young daughters with funeral costs and any additional expenses they will have to incur due to this terror attack.
"I understand that nothing will bring their parents back but such unexpected financial costs can cause additional stress and the young daughters do not deserve this," Stelmach added. So if you can, consider giving to support this family. Their loss will be hard as it is without worrying about money.