Family of Paris terror attack victim Nick Alexander from Essex condemn ‘unfathomable’ Manchester Arena bombing

Nick Alexander. Picture: SUPPLIED BY NICK'S FAMILY

Nick Alexander. Picture: SUPPLIED BY NICK'S FAMILY - Credit: Archant

The parents and sister of a Weeley man killed during the Bataclan massacre in Paris two years ago have spoken of their “unspeakable sadness” after last night’s Manchester Arena bombing.

People gather ahead of a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, after a 23-year-old man was arrested in

People gather ahead of a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, after a 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the Manchester concert bomb attack. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Nick Alexander, 36, was gunned down by terrorists while selling merchandise at the Eagles of Death Metal gig inside the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015.

His family have spoken out after 22 people – including many children – were killed when a bomb exploded at an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Responding to the news via their charity, the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust, they said: “We at the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust are unspeakably saddened by the events at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night.

“It is unfathomable that more young lives have been lost as a result of a targeted attack on a music venue.

There was sorrow and defiance after the atrocity in Manchester. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

There was sorrow and defiance after the atrocity in Manchester. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire - Credit: PA

“Every night across the world concert-goers stand side by side to experience the joy that music brings them and we must continue to stand united with them in the face of this tragic event.

They added: “We send our heartfelt support and love to the families, friends and loved ones of those affected. We are by your side.”

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Manchester City Council, working in partnership with the British Red Cross, have launched an appeal for people affected by the attack.

Called The We Love Manchester Fund, it has been set up to support people who have been injured or bereaved.

Floral tributes were left after the Manchester bombing. PA Photo by Martin Rickett/PA

Floral tributes were left after the Manchester bombing. PA Photo by Martin Rickett/PA - Credit: PA

It is hoped donations will ensure victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties.

Launching the appeal, the Lord Mayor of Manchester said: “The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has been established to swiftly provide funds to the families of victims of the attack at the Manchester Arena, to help them to cope at this incredibly difficult time.

“The fund will make payments to help families who are in need – including those who are faced with funeral costs and individuals who may have suffered life changing injuries.

“The fund has been established after countless people, from Manchester and from around the world, expressed their desire to help.

He added: “We are incredibly grateful to the huge amount of people reaching out to offer their support.

“This incredible response is a testament to the true spirit of the city of Manchester, which remains open for business despite this horrific attack.

• To donate, go to the Red Cross site or visit the JustGiving page.

Alternatively, call 0300 456 4999.