Inquest rules British victim of Bataclan attack was 'unlawfully killed'

Nick Alexander was the merchandise manager for Eagles of Death Metal

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Bataclan Concert Hall, Paris - one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital | Image: Steve Parsons / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nick Alexander, the sole British victim of November's terror attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris, was "unlawfully killed", an inquest has ruled.

The 35-year-old was the merchandise manager for Eagles of Death Metal, the US rock band playing at the time of the attack.

His former girlfriend Helen Wilson described how she tried to save the "love of her life", giving him mouth-to-mouth before he died in her arms.

Ms Wilson said that she and Mr Alexander had tried to "play dead" before a gunman approached them and opened fire.

She described how she attempted to protect him by wrapping herself around his body, before feeling a burning sensation in her legs and seeing blood.

She said: "Nick said he had been shot. He couldn't move and was in pain."

"I twisted my body around and gave him mouth-to-mouth. I was telling him not to leave me and I love him."

Ms Wilson, in a statement read to Essex Coroner's Court in Chelmsford, said that Mr Alexander told her he was dying, and passed away as she attempted to revive him.

Senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray, concluded that he had been unlawfully killed.

Speaking after the inquest, Mr Alexander's sister Zoe described him as 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," she said.

Ms Beasley-Murray told the family: "You have not only suffered the tragic loss of Nick but you have also suffered the ordeal of these inquest proceedings, and throughout you have displayed the upmost dignity."