LONDON — He was there, reportedly, because it was a good place to beg.
As Manchester and the rest of Britain were coming to terms with the country’s deadliest terrorist attack in more than a decade, Chris Parker, a 33-year-old who has been homeless for about a year, was being hailed on social media for his selflessness and courage.
Rather than running for safety after the bombing, Mr. Parker went to the aid of victims. He pulled nails out of children’s arms and from the face of a small girl. He comforted another girl who had lost her legs, wrapping her in a T-shirt. He cradled a dying woman in his arms.
Mr. Parker had been panhandling in the concourse area outside Manchester Arena when the bomb exploded, according to local news reports. The force of the blast knocked him to the floor, but he was unfazed.
“Just because I am homeless …
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