Manchester bombing: Young couple Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry confirmed dead

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, were 'perfect in every way for each other', their families have said
Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, were 'perfect in every way for each other', their families have said

A teenage couple who went missing after the Manchester Arena bombing have been confirmed dead.

The family of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, said they "wanted to be together forever".

The couple, from South Shields, were "inseparable" and "beautiful inside and out", their grieving relatives said, as they became the latest youngsters known to have died in the atrocity.

They were among 22 people killed, including an eight-year-old girl, when suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up after a pop concert on Monday night.

In a joint statement released through Greater Manchester Police their relatives said: "On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not.

"They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be.

"They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable.

"Chloe always described herself as ditzy who Liam adored and would do anything for, including dealing with Chloe's demands for chocolate.

"They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are."

Mr Curry, a former pupil of Gateshead College, was studying for a degree in sport and exercise science at Northumbria University.

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