‘Generous, funny, fiercely loyal’ - family’s tribute to Paris terror attack victim Nick Alexander, from Colchester
PUBLISHED: 19:52 14 November 2015 | UPDATED: 23:01 15 November 2015
A Briton killed in the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris was Nick Alexander from Colchester, it was confirmed tonight.
In a statement his family said Nick, who was selling merchandise at the venue, was “everyone’s best friend” and died “doing the job he loved”.
“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night,” the statement said.
“Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal.
“Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light.”
Earlier, friends of Mr Alexander posted messages on social media asking for information on his whereabouts.
Mr Alexander was selling merchandise at the Eagles of Death Metal concert, where at least 80 people were killed by several gunmen.
His girlfriend, Polina Buckley said she had not heard from him since before the attacks.
Police stormed the venue where concert goers were being held hostage, but attackers wearing suicide belts blew themselves up. A witness said one of the gunmen shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “This is for Syria”.
Earlier this evening, it was disclosed that three terrorist teams planned and carried out the horrific attacks that killed 129 people in Paris.
A press conference held by Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins was told the sophisticated attacks on the French capital were led by three teams who used explosive belts and AK47 guns to massacre innocent people out enjoying Friday evening in the city.
Seven terrorists died - four of those were suicide bombers.
It has also emerged three people have been arrested by Belgian police in connection with last night’s bloodbath.
One of the Bataclan attackers, which is where the majority of lives were lost, was a Parisian man known to the authorities for committing crime, but there is no evidence to suggest he had been “brainwashed” by extremists Mr Molins said.
The death toll currently stands at 129, but it is expected to rise. Mr Molins said 352 people were injured and 99 remain in a critical condition after the events which French president Francois Hollande has described as an “act of war”.