Manchester Arena survivor, 20, found dead in her bedroom after PTSD from terror blast ‘took toll’


A heartbroken mother has paid tribute to her 20-year-old daughter who was found dead in her bedroom, four years after she survived the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. 

Eve Aston, from Wolverhampton, was discovered lifeless by her father on July 23 in her family home in Finchfield and paramedics were unable to save her. 

Her mother Amanda Aston, 55, has described her as ‘one of a kind’ and revealed that Eve attended the Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, when terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people in a suicide attack.

Amanda said the Manchester attack ‘took its toll’ on Eve, who had been safely rushed out of the concert by her father Andrew Aston, 43.

Eve had struggled with loud noises and suffered from PTSD after the terror attack, Amanda said, adding that the cause of death is not yet known.  

Eve Aston, from Wolverhampton, was discovered lifeless by her father on July 23 in her family home in Finchfield and paramedics were unable to save her

Eve Aston, from Wolverhampton, was discovered lifeless by her father on July 23 in her family home in Finchfield and paramedics were unable to save her

Her mother Amanda Aston, 55, has described her as 'one of a kind' and revealed that Eve attended the Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, when terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people in a suicide attack. Pictured: Eve paying tribute to victims of the terrorist attack

Her mother Amanda Aston, 55, has described her as ‘one of a kind’ and revealed that Eve attended the Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, when terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people in a suicide attack. Pictured: Eve paying tribute to victims of the terrorist attack

The grieving mother told The Birmingham Mail: ‘From the moment she was born she was a jolly soul, she had a very funny sense of humour and was a daddy’s girl.

‘She always had friends around her and was having sleepovers. She had lots of friends who she was always there for.

‘She had really good banter with her brothers and sisters.’

Amanda, who has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral costs, added: ‘She went to the Ariana Grande concert with her father and was made up to be there, Ariana was her idol. She could sing every note.

‘They were on the other side, not where the bomb went off. Since then she has been back to Manchester and has loved putting flowers down for people.’

CCTV image of Salman Abedi arriving at Manchester Arena, on May 22, 2017, where he detonated his bomb

CCTV image of Salman Abedi arriving at Manchester Arena, on May 22, 2017, where he detonated his bomb

Amanda said that Eve had suffered from PTSD and in the weeks before her death, she seemed to be ‘getting back to her old self’ after losing a lot of weight.

She said: ‘After the concert she started suffering from PTSD. She loved cars and was looking at getting a job working with cars but her depression got worse.

‘She couldn’t sleep or hear bangs after the concert. She grieved for the 22.

‘The last couple of weeks she seemed to be getting back to her old self, she had lost a lot of weight.

‘Her dad found her in her bedroom, we’re still waiting to find out what happened.

‘We’re heartbroken, it’s like a bad dream. It’s like she’s going to walk back through the door and say ‘got ya!’.

‘She’s left such a big hole, everyone’s saying they can’t believe it.’

She added: ‘She was such a beautiful person and she should be here.

‘We want to give her a good send off, you shouldn’t have to bury your daughter. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.’ 

Eve had struggled with loud noises and suffered from PTSD after the terrorist attack, Amanda said, adding that the cause of death is not yet known

Eve had struggled with loud noises and suffered from PTSD after the terrorist attack, Amanda said, adding that the cause of death is not yet known

In 2017, suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, carried out the horrific terrorist attack at the Manchester arena which killed 22 concert goers.

His brother Hashem Abedi, who helped his brother carry out the attack, is serving 55 years in prison. 

The Abedi brothers, from Fallowfield in south Manchester, spent months ordering, stockpiling and transporting the deadly materials for the terror attack, using multiple mobile phones, addresses and runaround vehicles to make their bomb.

They joined their parents in Libya the month before the blast, but Salman returned to the UK on May 18.

He bought the final components needed for the bomb, rented a flat in the city centre in which to build it and carried out reconnaissance on the Arena before finally executing the plot as fans departed from an Ariana Grande concert. 

The 22 victims of the terror attack during the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017. (top row left to right) Off-duty police officer Elaine McIver, 43, Saffie Roussos, 8, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, (second row left to right) Nell Jones, 14, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, Megan Hurley, 15, Georgina Callander, 18, (third row left to right), Chloe Rutherford,17, Liam Curry, 19, Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, (fourth row left to right) John Atkinson, 26, Martyn Hett, 29, Kelly Brewster, 32, Angelika Klis, 39, (fifth row left to right) Marcin Klis, 42, Michelle Kiss, 45, Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 43 (fifth row left to right) Wendy Fawell, 50 and Jane Tweddle, 51

The 22 victims of the terror attack during the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017. (top row left to right) Off-duty police officer Elaine McIver, 43, Saffie Roussos, 8, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, (second row left to right) Nell Jones, 14, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, Megan Hurley, 15, Georgina Callander, 18, (third row left to right), Chloe Rutherford,17, Liam Curry, 19, Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, (fourth row left to right) John Atkinson, 26, Martyn Hett, 29, Kelly Brewster, 32, Angelika Klis, 39, (fifth row left to right) Marcin Klis, 42, Michelle Kiss, 45, Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 43 (fifth row left to right) Wendy Fawell, 50 and Jane Tweddle, 51

Amanda, paying tribute to Eve in a statement, said: ‘Eve was one of a kind. Loud, funny, beautiful and caring does not even cover a tiny percentage of the person she was. 

‘Everywhere she was there was light in the room, she was that light, she would make her presence known with such a warm welcoming feeling. 

‘Everyone that she knew would always be put before herself, she was such a selfless person everyones feelings came before her own.’

She added: ‘[On] May 22nd 2017 Eve attended Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, Ariana Grande was her absolute idol, although everyone who knew her would know this. 

‘Sadly the Manchester attack took its toll as eve was present, however, the strength of Ariana Grande’s music got her through alongside her Dad who was with her at the time and guided her out. 

‘This was an event so close to Eve’s heart, which, anyone would know as she spoke of Ariana Grande so highly to everyone she came across.’

Amanda then revealed that on Friday 23 July, paramedics were called as Eve was found lifeless in her room. 

She said: ‘The family is absolutely broken along side her boyfriend Brad who meant the absolute world to her. 

‘To everyone this was such a shock, heartbreak and a newfound pain to those who loved and knew her. 

‘This gofundme is for her heartbroken family who did not expect to arrange their daughters funeral as she was only 20 years old. She had such a positive impact on each and every one that met her, being a big statement in many people’s lives.’

MailOnline have contacted the West Midlands Ambulance Service for comment.  

It comes after it was revealed that bomb plotter Hashem Abedi is refusing to co-operate with a prison deradicalisation programme while serving 55 years.   

Abedi is one of five inmates in a separation centre at maximum security HMP Frankland in County Durham and he along with three others have turned down the opportunity to change their ways, reported ITV News. 

Abedi and four others are being held at the Separation Centre and they can be heard discussing their naps and the use of a radio in the video footage released by the broadcaster of inside the prison.

Manchester Arena bomb plotter Hashem Abedi is refusing to co-operate with a prison deradicalisation programme while serving 55 years for helping his brother kill 22 concertgoers

Manchester Arena bomb plotter Hashem Abedi is refusing to co-operate with a prison deradicalisation programme while serving 55 years for helping his brother kill 22 concertgoers

Lucy Jarvis, who was injured in the Manchester Arena attack, told ITV News: ‘He doesn’t deserve any right to socialise with people, especially someone who is unfortunately on the same wavelength as him with these disgusting things.’ 

Last October, Abedi admitted for the first time his involvement in planning the Manchester Arena bombing which killed 22 people.   

He had denied 22 counts of murder, attempted murder and plotting to cause an explosion likely to endanger life but was convicted by a jury of all the offences.

Last August he was handed 24 life sentences with a minimum term of 55 years before he can be considered for parole.

Abedi did not give evidence at his trial at the Old Bailey, absented himself from much of the proceedings and sacked his legal team.

He also refused to attend his sentencing hearing.

For help call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org 



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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