Nick Alexander, 36, was the first British victim named from the Paris attacks. He was a merchandise manager working at the Eagles of Death Metal concert. He was shot shortly after the gunmen entered the venue. A friend tried to revive him, but she was unable to.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Nick Alexander Was Working at the Eagles of Death Metal Concert, Where More Than 80 People Were Killed
Nick Alexander, from Colchester, was working as a merchandise manager at the Eagles of Death Metal concert, the location where the largest number of people were killed during the terrorist attacks. Gunmen stormed into the Bataclan concert hall and began shooting. Some people were able to escape, but a large number of people were held hostage. By the time the police were able to end the siege, the terrorists had killed at least 80 people in the venue.
2. He Was Shot in Front of Helen Wilson, an American Expat Who Was Shot in Both Thighs
Alexander was shot in front of Helen Wilson, 49, an American expat who was standing right behind him, The Telegraph reported. Wilson is originally from New Orleans and runs a catering company called Rock en Bol. She said that at first, they heard shots coming from outside and people were running into the venue. They had no idea what was happening. Then five or six men entered the concert hall and just started shooting randomly at people.
3. She Tried to Revive Him, But Couldn’t
Wilson told The Telegraph that if anyone started to run, the gunmen would shoot them down. So she and Alexander stayed on the floor, with Alexander lying just in front of her. She said that she tried to keep him talking and then she tried to revive Alexander. She gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and held him in her arms as he died, The Telegraph reported. The Telegraph reports Wilson saying:
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.”
Wilson and Alexander were no longer a couple, and he was seeing someone else, but Wilson never stopped loving Alexander, according to The Telegraph. She said they were a couple many years ago, but it didn’t work out. They saw each other in Paris the night before, since he was in town, and she had been happy to get a chance to hang out with him again. She lost sight of him as emergency workers took her away.
4. A GoFundMe Has Been Set Up in Honor of Nick Alexander
A GoFundMe memorial account has been set up to honor Alexander and help his family with costs associated with his funeral. You can visit the account here. On the account, his friend Miguel Benavides wrote:
Today or tonight raise a glass to the memory of Nick Alexander a guy doing a simple job of touring with a band and selling t-shirts going new places and making new friends…”
5. His Friends And His Girlfriend Posted Online Searching Desperately For Him
Alexander’s friends posted online, searching desperately for any news about him. His girlfriend, Polina Buckley, was among the people trying to find him. She knew he had been selling merchandise at the Bataclan, but she hadn’t been able to reach him and authorities had not contacted her.
His family said that Alexander was everyone’s friend: “generous, funny, and fiercely loyal.”