An Ariana Grande fan who attended the Manchester Arena concert in 2017 was found dead in her room after experiencing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of the bombing.
The parents of Eve Aston, 20, are raising funds for her funeral after her father found her dead in her room in Finchfield, Wolverhampton, last month. Although the cause of death is unknown, the family said they had had problems with loud noises and sleep since the concert.
Writing on the GoFundMe page, Eve’s mother Amanda Aston said: “The Manchester attack took its toll when Eve was present, however the force of Ariana Grande’s music helped her pass her dad who was with her at the time and led her out. “
She described Eve as “loud, funny, beautiful and caring, adding:” All the people she knew would always be put before her, she was such a selfless person. “
The GoFundMe page has already surpassed its goal of £ 4,500, raising £ 5,625 “for his heartbroken family who did not expect to organize their daughter’s funeral as she was only 20 years old.”
Aston told the Birmingham Post that her daughter had always been a “happy soul” with many friends, but that she began to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after attending the Manchester Arena concert, where she had been on the other side of the place from where the bomb detonated.
Eve had returned to the scene to lay flowers to commemorate the 22 deaths, she said.
Aston added that Eve had been interested in working with cars, but had had trouble launching her career due to depression. He said that in recent weeks he “seemed to be reverting to his old self” and had lost a lot of weight.
She said: “We are heartbroken, it’s like a bad dream. It’s like she’s going to walk through the door and say ‘I got you!’ “.
An investigation into the police and security response to the Manchester Arena attack that concluded this summer identified a series of failures that had cost lives overnight, in particular that there were multiple opportunities to identify the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, as a threat. to safety. .
The mother of a victim has campaigned for the introduction of Martyn’s Law, which requires local authorities and places to have action plans against terrorist attacks. Government plans are being consulted to make this a legal requirement.