Friends Mourn British Staffer Killed While California Band Played Paris Concert Hall
Names of some of the 129 victims of Friday's terrorist attack in Paris have begun to emerge and among them is UK national Nick Alexander, a 36-year-old staff member for California band Eagles of Death Metal.
Alexander was the band's merchandise manager. He was murdered by terrorists who stormed the Bataclan theater, where the band had been scheduled to play and where the night's carnage was the worst.
This weekend, friends, members of the band and the 36-year-old's family spoke about Alexander to tell the world what a great guy has been lost to a senseless act of terrorism.
According to Rolling Stone, Alexander had toured with many bands including the Black Keys, Sum 41 and Panic! at the Disco.
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney described Alexander as a hard worker who just loved to be around new people, telling Rolling Stone:
"I spent a lot of time with Nick, but the thing about the touring merch job, it’s one of the more thankless jobs...You do it because you just want to travel and you're interested in meeting new people and it's really hard work. It's not the job you take if you’re into partying. So he was a really organized, super hard worker, really funny."
Alexander's family released a statement Saturday that confirmed he was among nearly 90 killed at the Bataclan.
"Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle; he was everyone's best friend – generous, funny and fiercely loyal," read the statement. "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."
Alexander's friend Miguel Benavides started a GoFundMe page to help out Alexander's family that, in fewer than 24 hours, had raised over $45,000.
"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," Benavides wrote. "Here is to you my friend may you and the others from this tragic event find peace..."
In the hours after Friday's tragedy, Polina Buckley tweeted: "Someone please help me find my boyfriend Nick Alexander. Merch guy for EODM #ParisAttacks #Bataclan"
When it became clear that her boyfriend would not be found, Buckley tweeted a photo of the two of them kissing, along with the message: "You are and always will be the love of my life, Nick Alexander."