After horrifying reports that some of the crew members for the Eagles of Death Metal were still missing after the Paris Attacks surfaced, it’s now known that their merch manager, Nick Alexander, was killed. His girlfriend shared a heartbreaking tribute to her lost love, after countless hours of searching for him. Rest in peace, Nick.
Nick Alexander, 36, was confirmed as one of the 82 people murdered in the Bataclan concert hall during the Paris terror attacks on November 13. As the Eagles of Death Metal‘s merchandise manager, Nick was behind the merchandise booth at the venue during the time of the attacks. His girlfriend, Polina Buckley posted a truly devastating tribute to Nick on Twitter November 14, after learning her beloved’s fate.
“You are and always will be the love of my life, Nick Alexander #fuckterrorism #ParisAttacks #Bataclan,” Polina captioned her tweet, a sweet, heartbreaking photo of her and Nick smiling and kissing on a busy street. It’s clear that they’re deeply in love, and it’s just unimaginable to think what this woman is going through.
Several hours later, Polina posted another photo of her and Nick to Twitter, looking like the most loving couple. “Sleep tight, my sweet prince, Nick Alexander… #fuckterrorism #iwillalwaysloveyou #Bataclan,” she captioned it.
— Polina Buckley (@polinabuckley) November 14, 2015
Earlier in the morning on November 14, Polina had posted two tweets asking for help finding Nick. At this point, the only information known was that some of the Eagles of Death Metal’s crew was missing, while the band was able to make it out of Bataclan safely. Four ISIS terrorists had overtaken the hall while the concert was going on, shooting people at random, and taking 100 hostages.
“Someone please help me find my boyfriend Nick Alexander. Merch guy for EODM #ParisAttacks #Bataclan,” Polina first wrote, still panicking about her boyfriend’s fate. Thirty minutes later: “Please help me find Nick Alexander #Bataclan #ParisAttacks,” along with a happy, smiling photo of Nick to use for identification. It would be just two hours until Polina would post her tweet saying that Nick had, in fact, died.
Nick’s family released a statement on Facebook confirming his death: “It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night,” read the statement. “Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was 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.”
Our thoughts are with Polina, Nick’s family and loved ones at this time.
— Samantha Wilson