Their young lives had already touched the hearts of so many.
The deaths of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry in the Manchester suicide bomb attack have devastated a community.
The South Shields couple, aged 17 and 19 respectively, had their whole lives ahead of them before their futures were ripped away in the atrocity on Monday.
As the heartfelt tributes since their deaths were announced last night have shown, Chloe and Liam were popular with so many.
Both worked at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel, which paid tribute to two "exceptional young team members" this morning.
Liam, meanwhile, was a cricketer with Marsden CC since the age of just six.
Chloe would regularly accompany him to the club, which says it is "heartbroken and devastated" by the deaths.
This is a second tragedy in a matter of months for the Curry family, with Liam's father Andrew having died after a long illness in March.
An obituary posted in the Shields Gazette at the time said: "My dad was my hero. I don't know how we can go on without him! I will be strong though and look after them as you asked me to Dad."
Liam was a former pupil of Gateshead College, and was studying for a degree in sport and exercise science at Northumbria University.
Chloe, meanwhile, was all set to start a full-time job with South Shields firm Westoe Travel on June 26.
She had been working part-time at the company while completing her college studies, and was going to begin a travel apprenticeship.
Westoe Travel described her as a "great asset" to the business this morning with a great future ahead of her, and revealed that Liam would meet her from work.
They were described as a "perfect, loving couple" by the travel firm.
That followed on from a statement from the pair's families last night after their deaths were confirmed by Greater Manchester Police.
The joint statement issued via the police said Liam and Chloe were "perfect in every way for each other" and were "inseparable".
The statement also said Liam adored and would do anything for Chloe, and that they "wanted to be together forever - and now they are".
Former Harton Technology College pupil Chloe was a talented actress and singer, having taken part in a production of Annie at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal at the age of just 12.
Liam undertook a 260-mile cycle ride to Paris when he was 15 to raise cash for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Their deaths will leave a void in so many lives as people begin to try to come to terms with the double tragedy.