An inquest has heard about the final moments of Nick Alexander, the British man who lost his life in the terrorist attack at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig in Paris last year.
Alexander, 35 from Essex, was one of 90 civilians killed during the shootings at Paris’ Le Bataclan music venue, which occurred during a series of violent attacks in the French capital on November 13. He was working at the gig as the band’s merchandise manager.
An inquest has now opened in Chelmsford, with the senior coroner for Essex, Caroline Beasley-Murray, recording a verdict of unlawful killing.
The Guardian reports that the inquest heard from Alexander’s ex-girlfriend, Helen Wilson, who attended the gig with him.
Wilson told the inquest that she and Alexander pretended to be dead during the attack, which saw Alexander shot by the assailants. In a written statement she described giving Alexander mouth-to-mouth, writing that “He felt cold. His eyes had changed. He was was lifeless.” Wilson went on to describe Alexander as the “love of her life”.
Alexander’s sister, Zoe, previously spoke to NME following her brother’s death and remembered Nick – who worked with Damon Albarn and MGMT as well as The Black Keys and Fall Out Boy – as “a quirky rock’n’roll guy who always looked for the road less travelled”.
“He loved being part of the buzz of live music,” she continued. “His main thing was being part of the team that made a show happen.”
Speaking about the night of the tragedy, Zoe remembered: “We put on the news and saw that there was a situation going on at the Bataclan, where we knew Nick was.”
“I know that venue, and I know where the merch stand is – it’s in a very exposed position. Events were ongoing and the mobile networks were down, but around 2am was when word started to filter out from the scene. That’s when we heard.”