Hundreds of people gathered at a memorial on Sunday to remember Martyn Hett, one of the 22 victims of last week’s bombing at Manchester Arena.
Twenty-two people were killed and dozens were injured following singer Ariana’s Grande’s concert last Monday when a bomber detonated an explosive device.
Hett was a 29-year-old PR manager and media personality from Stockport, a town south-east of Manchester.
His partner, Russell Hayward, told the crowd at a local park: “Martyn taught me many things over the years, too many to mention… Never say no to the things you want to do, be fearless and be the person you’re meant to be.
“The pain I felt when I found out the news this week completely tore my heart out, but I will not let that pain tear away any of our precious memories we’ve shared.
“I feel robbed of my future but I feel so grateful for my past.”
Martyn’s mother Figan Murray gave an emotional tribute to her son calling him an “iconic, fun, eccentric, diva” who was “comical beyond belief.”
“A party in the park just for him, he’d be so impressed. And he deserves us all to be here, because he touched so many lives in so many ways,” she said.
“It’s due to all this love and kindness that I’m never going down the route of hate or anger at those responsible for what happened.”
“No one can ever take Martyn out of our lives.”
She also praised the hashtag #BeMoreMartyn which has been used on social media to pay tribute to her son.
“I don’t know how that came about and who started it but I’m going to have it tattooed somewhere on my body. I think he’s taught us all a lesson how to live life more fully,” she said.
here is what my family can see right now. <3 pic.twitter.com/zaV9B0igtA
— Dan Hett (@danhett) May 28, 2017
Martyn was also a huge fan of Mariah Carey, and the singer posted a personal tribute to him to her Instagram last week.
The vigil for Martyn was one of several held in the city to remember the victims of the bombing.
Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the attack, Sky News reported.
Ariana Grande announced she will return to Manchester for a benefit concert for the families of those lost and injured in the bombing.