Manchester Arena bombing inquiry hears of the last moments of York couple
The York couple who died in the Manchester Arena bombing had their arms around one another seconds before the blast, it was revealed today (Tuesday).
Marcin, 42, and Angelika Klis, 39, were killed as they waited to collect their daughters Alex, then aged 20, and Patrycja, then 14 at the end of the Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.
Today the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry began to look at how and in what circumstances each of the 22 victims died.
The inquiry heard the injuries sustained by taxi driver Mr Klis and Tesco customer service assistant Mrs Klis – described by their daughters as “amazing parents, great friends and kind people” – were unsurvivable.
The couple, originally from Poland, were captured on CCTV in the City Room foyer with their arms around each other before the blast.
Mr Klis was approximately five metres from bomber Salman Abedi when he detonated his device at 10.31pm. Mrs Klis was four metres away.
A British Transport Police (BTP) constable said he checked on Mr Klis at 10.50pm but could not find a pulse and said it was “clear” he was dead.
Labels were also later attached to the couple to identify them as deceased.
Post-mortem examinations showed Mr Klis died of chest injuries and Mrs Klis from multiple injuries.
The inquiry continues tomorrow.