Sheffield hero Kelly Brewster died protecting her niece, 12, who she "loved more than anything"

Kelly Brewster - Credit: Kelly Brewster Facebook
Kelly Brewster - Credit: Kelly Brewster Facebook
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Friends of Manchester bomb victim Kelly Brewster have said her life-saving heroics were typical of how she lived.

Kelly, 32, was killed as she shielded her 12-year-old niece Hollie Booth from a bomb explosion at Manchester arena on Monday night.

Her friends Chantelle Garrity and Rachel Ward said they were not surprised by Kelly's actions and said it was typical of how she lived.

Miss Garrity said: "As soon as I heard I wasn't surprised.

"She absolutely loved her nieces to death. She loved them more than anything and would have done anything for them.

"So, as soon as I heard, I knew that that would have been true, she would have done that.

"She would have protected me if that was me, she would have protected you, if that was you. She would have just have put anyone else first."

Miss Brewster's partner Ian Winslow confirmed she had died on Facebook on Wednesday.

He said: "Not sure how this works but it isn't good news. Kelly Brewster wasn't one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday.

"Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are."

Relatives have described how Mr Winslow's seven-year-old daughter Phoebe had a very close relationship with Miss Brewster and they were "like sisters".

The couple had recently put a deposit down on a new home and were planning to start a family.

Miss Brewster's sister and niece are both among the injured in Manchester.

It is believed her parents are staying over in Manchester, anxiously awaiting news about Claire and Hollie. About a dozen floral tributes have been left outside their home.

One read "RIP Kelly. Such a waste of a beautiful life" and another said: "Fly high with the angels."

According to reports, Mrs Booth has a broken jaw and her daughter has two broken legs. Both have also had bolts from the the bomb removed.

Flowers have been laid in the Peace Gardens paying tribute to all the victim of the Manchester bomb, but especially for Miss Brewster. One large bouquet is from Sheffield boxing champion Kell Brook, who also left a message.