Nick Alexander, the merchandise manager for Eagles of Death Metal, was among those who died during the Paris attacks. As the Inquisitr previously reported, American band Eagles of Death Metal were at the Bataclan concert hall, one of the six shooting sites, set to perform as they promote the release of their album, Zipper Down. As the report said, all the members of the band are safe. Nick Alexander, however, was not able to make it out alive.
The 36-year-old’s family confirmed the news with a statement.
“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night.”
Talking about Nick, his family described him as not just a relative or a friend, but “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.”
When the shooting at Bataclan occurred, news spread quickly and Nick Alexander’s friends and girlfriend immediately posted messages on social media portals to look for him. His girlfriend, Polina Buckley, had knowledge that Nick was selling merchandise at the venue, but she didn’t hear from him or the authorities.
Someone please help me find my boyfriend Nick Alexander. Merch guy for EODM #ParisAttacks#Bataclan
— Polina Buckley (@polinabuckley) November 14, 2015
As the Telegraph reports, Nick Alexander was one of the people shot. His girlfriend learned of the devastating news a few hours after she posted her tweet.
Helen Wilson, who was also a victim of the attack at the concert hall and sustained shots to both legs, witnessed Nick being shot and spoke about the incident from a hospital bed. According to the report, Wilson was Nick’s ex-girlfriend.
“Nick was shot in front of me. We heard a couple of noises outside and people started running into the club. We didn’t know what was going on.”
Wilson then said that about five or six men entered the venue with guns and started shooting people randomly.
“When anyone started running they would shoot them down. So we got down on the floor. I was afraid whenever I heard a step behind me… they machine-gunned everybody.”
Nick Alexander and Helen Wilson were on the floor when someone started shooting at them. Alexander was shot and Wilson tried to revive him to no avail. He stopped breathing while she held him in her arms.
Nick Alexander’s friend set up a GoFundMe page to help Alexander’s family. The goal was $25,000, and the campaign quickly reached the amount. More people continue to donate to the memorial fund and as of writing, the amount raised has reached $45,499.
Aside from serving as the merchandise manager for Eagles of Death Metal, Nick Alexander also had a similar roles for touring bands such as The Black Keys, Panic! at the Disco, and Sum 41.
Just read Nick Alexander was killed in Paris. He was our tour merchandiser on last year’s tour. Sending love & condolences to his family
— Yusuf / Cat Stevens (@YusufCatStevens) November 15, 2015
Just found out Nick Alexander was one of the people murdered last night in Paris. Great guy. I’m horrified. #RIPNickAlexander
— _ (@trohman) November 14, 2015
According to the Guardian, three terrorists went into the Bataclan concert hall to carry out the shootings. Police stormed the building, but there were already 80 people died by the time they arrived. The police were able to shoot one of the terrorists, but the two others were able to detonate suicide bombs at the venue. In total, 89 people perished at the Bataclan concert hall.
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