Ariana Grande to perform benefit concert in Manchester for bombing victims

Singer Ariana Grande announced Friday that she will hold a benefit concert in Manchester, England, to honor victims of the terror-related bombing that occurred at one of her shows earlier this week.

“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and raise money for the victims and their families,” Grande wrote in a letter posted on her Twitter account.

“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before,” the pop singer wrote.


“The compassion, kindness, love, strength, and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull of something as evil as what happened Monday,” Grande added, referencing the attack.

The singer said she would share more about the event as details come together.

Nearly two dozen people died and more than 100 others were injured after a suicide bomber triggered an explosion on Monday night as attendees began to leave one of Grande's concerts in Manchester.

Manchester police have identified the attacker as Salman Abedi, the son of Libyan immigrants who was born in Britain. Abedi died in the explosion. Police have also arrested several people believed to be connected to the bombing.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attack.

Grande said Friday that victims of the bombing "will be on my mind and in my heart everyday."

“We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life,” she said.