Friend of Nick Alexander held him in her arms before he died in Paris shooting

Family photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of Briton. Nick Alexander, who died in the

Family photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of Briton. Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France. - Credit: PA

A friend of Colchester man Nick Alexander, killed in the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, has described how she held him in her arms before he died.

Nick Alexander was described by his family as “everyone’s best friend”, and they said he died “doing the job he loved”.

The 36-year-old had been selling merchandise for rock band Eagles of Death Metal when their concert was targeted by attackers who shot people and took hostages in the venue before blowing themselves up as police stormed the concert hall.

Helen Wilson told the Telegraph she and Mr Alexander, who had previously been in a relationship, lay down on the floor when up to six people with machine guns and shotguns began to shoot.

The American, who moved to Paris where she runs a catering company, said someone moved and the attackers turned to them and fired shots.

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Miss Wilson, who was shot in the leg during the attack, said she tried to give Mr Alexander mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

She said: “Then he couldn’t breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life.”

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In a statement his family 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.”

Mr Alexander’s girlfriend Polina Buckley was one of the many relatives of those feared dead in the attacks who used social media to get information about his whereabouts.

After confirmation of his death she posted pictures of the pair on Twitter, writing: “You are and always will be the love of my life, Nick Alexander”, and “Sleep tight, my sweet prince, Nick Alexander”.

Mr Alexander had been part of the Africa Express music project, founded by Blur’s Damon Albarn and writer and campaigner Ian Birrell, when it toured Britain in 2012.

He sold merchandise on the trip and was described by Mr Birrell as “a hero”.

“He loved music, lived with a smile on his face, died a hero,” he tweeted.

A witness in the Bataclan said one of the gunmen shouted “Allahu Akbar” and said “This is for Syria”. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the atrocities.

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