Chris Parker happened to be standing outside of the Ariana Grande concert to panhandle and when the bomb went off and screams roared, he didn’t run off. He rushed into the chaos and mayhem to see how he could help. The 33-year-old homeless man saw fans bloodied and bleeding, fleeing the stadium and his instincts kicked in.
“Just because I am homeless doesn’t mean I haven’t got a heart, or I’m not human still,” Parker told ITV News. “I’d like to think someone would come and help me if I needed the help.”
— ITV News (@itvnews) May 23, 2017
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“It was children,” he recalled. “It was a lot of children with blood all over them and crying and screaming.”
Parker observed this horror and was overcome by the urge to help these people, rather than run away, not knowing if there would be another explosion.
He helped a number of wounded people including a little girl who he found that had lost her legs. “I wrapped her in one of the merchandise t-shirts, and I said, ‘Where is your mum and daddy?’ She said, ‘My dad is at work, my mum is up there,’” Parker recalled.
Parker has been homeless for about a year, but will now be remembered as a hero of the Manchester attack forever. After stories of his heroic actions spread online, a fund-raising page was set up on his behalf. It has already raised over 30,000 pounds which amounts to about $40,000.