The mum of a Manchester bomb blast survivor has buried her daughter four years after the attack.
Terror attack survivor Eve Aston, 20, was found “lifeless” on her bedroom floor on the morning of July 23.
Her unexpected passing came four years after the blast which claimed the lives of 22 innocent people at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in 2018.
Mum Amanda says the family are still in the dark as to how their beloved daughter died after a post mortem ruled her death inconclusive.
Eve was “perfectly healthy” and looking forward to the “new beginnings” of turning 21, Amanda said.
Amanda added she is “almost certain” her daughter did not take her own life.
She was planning to spend the milestone birthday on holiday with family in Wales, she told the Sun Online .
But instead her loved ones are planning to release balloons at the bomb site as a memorial to Eve and the 22 other victims.
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Eve’s funeral near Dudley, West Midlands, three weeks ago was “bright, colourful and sassy” to show off her personality, Amanda said.
Amanda, 56, from Wolverhampton, told The Sun that the family planned to release the balloons at the site as Eve returned to the site several times to “pay tribute to the victims”.
“She mourned all the people who died,” she added.
Amanda said friends and family “gave her a good send off” three weeks ago for her funeral and cremation.
"There were lots of friends and family, cards and flowers, it was very touching, and we held a wake after the cremation," she added.
After the attack on May 22, 2017, Eve struggled with PTSD, but mum Amanda said there were signs of improvement leading up to her death.
Dad Andrew chaperoned her to the gig in 2017, when terrorist Salman Abedi set off an explosive on the opposite side of the arena.
The pair ran “for their lives”, the Sun reports.
Following the harrowing ordeal, which killed 22 innocent people, Eve had depression and was frightened when she heard loud noises.
“Despite her PTSD”, Amanda says she is “almost certain” Eve did not take her own life.
“She wouldn’t do that to her family”, Amanda said, adding that she was “happy with her life” and managing her mental health at the time of her death.
Amanda said her daughter was healthy and looking forward to the “new beginnings” that come with turning 21.
She was also planning to find a new direction in life and wanted to work with cars.
"She managed to escape the suicide terrorist who took all those innocent peoples' lives on that dreadful night, and now four years on she's passed away,” Amanda said.
"It's heartbreaking. The loss of Eve is my worst nightmare. She was loved very much by her family and friends and she had so much love to give.”
The police are not treating Eve’s death as suspicious and there were no “obvious” signs of suicide, Amanda said.
The heartbroken mum-of-five says the family has been left in the dark as to how Eve died and that they “need answers because there’s still no cause of death”.
Mental health support
Helplines and support groups
The following are helplines and support networks for people to talk to, mostly listed on the NHS Choices website
- Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected] .
- PANDAS (0808 1961 776) runs a free helpline and offers a support service for people who may be suffering with perinatal mental illness, including prenatal (antenatal) and postnatal depression plus support for their family or network.
- Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
- PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
- Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
- Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
- Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
Amparo provides emotional and practical support for anyone who has been affected by a suicide. This includes dealing with police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping to access other, appropriate, local support services. Call 0330 088 9255 or visit www.amparo.org.uk for more details.
- Hub of Hope is the UK's most comprehensive national mental health support database. Download the free app, visit hubofhope.co.uk or text HOPE to 85258 to find relevant services near you.
- Young Persons Advisory Service – Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool's children, young people and families. tel: 0151 707 1025 email: [email protected]
- Paul’s Place – providing free counselling and group sessions to anyone living in Merseyside who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Tel: 0151 226 0696 or email: [email protected]
Amanda thinks her beloved daughter could have had a fit or be a tragic victim of adult sudden death syndrome.
She said Eve complained of neck and shoulder pain before she died.
The family had spent the night before watching “People Just do Nothing”, the Sun Online reports.
Dad Andrew went to check on his daughter the next morning and found her dead on her bedroom floor..
“It looked as if she had rolled out of bed”, Amanda said,
"She was lifeless. It was such a shock.
"I'd been so proud of Andrew for getting Eve to safety at the concert. But there was nothing he could do to save her now.”
Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family following Eve’s death.
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