Essex Man "Unlawfully Killed" In Paris Attacks
19 May 2016, 12:43
The former girlfriend of an Essex man who was killed in the Bataclan theatre massacre has described how she tried to save the "love of her life'' before he died in her arms.
35 year-old Nick Alexander, from Weeley near Colchester, was in the Paris music venue when gunmen stormed the building midway through a rock concert on November 13 last year, killing 89 people.
He had been selling merchandise for the US rock band Eagles Of Death Metal, who were on stage at the time and survived the massacre.
Helen Wilson, an ex-girlfriend who was with Mr Alexander that evening, said she tried to shield him from the bullets as Islamic State gunmen opened fire shortly after 10pm.
But he died as she tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after being shot two or three times in the stomach and chest.
Speaking after an inquest at Essex Coroner's Court in Chelmsford found he was unlawfully killed, his sister Zoe Alexander said he "lived his life to the full''.
With her mother Sheelagh at her side, she said: "On November 13 last year our precious Nick, along with 88 others, lost his life in an indiscriminate act of terror at the Bataclan theatre.
"Nick was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend, a strong, gentle, generous and funny man who lived his life to the full.
"We were blessed to have him in our lives and we miss him beyond measure.''