Scottish Daily Mail

Girl­friend’s raw grief for dead Bri­ton

- By Tom Kelly and Andy Dolan Paris · Bataclan · New York City · Facebook · Manhattan · Twitter · Colchester · ITV · Yusuf Islam · Helen Wilson

THE dis­traught girl­friend of the Bri­ton killed in the Paris terror at­tacks broke down as she paid trib­ute to the ‘love of my life.’

Polina Buck­ley said she was ‘crushed and heart­bro­ken’ by the mur­der of Nick Alexan­der, 36, who was shot dead by gun­men who stormed the Bat­a­clan the­atre.

All Britons caught up in the at­tacks are be­lieved to be ac­counted for.

Ms Buck­ley sobbed un­con­trol­lably as she at­tended a makeshift shrine for vic­tims of the at­tacks at the French Con­sulate in New York, where she lives. She also posted pic­tures of them to­gether on Face­book and told how they met three years ago as they walked through Man­hat­tan. ‘I fell in love the mo­ment I laid eyes on you,’ she wrote. ‘This was the most lov­ing, pas­sion­ate and event­ful re­la­tion­ship I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced. You were my ev­ery­thing. My lover, my best friend, my soul­mate.’

On Twit­ter she added: ‘I will miss you ter­ri­bly. Sleep tight, my sweet prince. I will al­ways love you.’ She up­loaded a pho­to­graph of a poignant note left for her by Mr Alexan­der, which read: ‘Stop press! I love you Polina, Nick xx.’

Ms Buck­ley had posted des­per­ate mes­sages late on Fri­day af­ter hear­ing about the un­fold­ing mas­sacre in Paris, de­scrib­ing her­self as in a ‘state of agony and panic’.

Mr Alexan­der, from Colch­ester, Es­sex, was sell­ing T-shirts at the Ea­gles Of Death Metal gig when he was shot in front of his ex-girl­friend He­len Wil­son. Amer­i­can Ms Wil­son, 49, who runs a ca­ter­ing firm in Paris, said that he had phoned her the night be­fore the gig to say he was in the French cap­i­tal and to ar­range a catch up.

Mr Alexan­der was de­scribed by his fam­ily as ‘ev­ery­one’s best friend’ who was gen­er­ous, funny and loyal. They said that he died ‘do­ing the job he loved’.

Rev David New­man, Mr Alexan­der’s fam­ily vicar, de­scribed him as ‘very, very thought­ful’.

Speak­ing to ITV News from the church near the fam­ily’s home, he said: ‘We are all deeply, deeply shocked by this ter­ri­ble event.

‘The Alexan­ders are a well­re­spected lo­cal fam­ily. It’s some­thing that will be felt not only by his im­me­di­ate friends but by all of us.

‘I be­lieve the com­mu­nity will sup­port the Alexan­der fam­ily and all those who knew, re­spected and were so fond of Nick through­out his life.

‘He was at the gram­mar school. Like most young peo­ple, when he went off to univer­sity we saw much less of him. But when he came home he came along with his fam­ily to church, and with all his glo­be­trot­ting with his work since then, he has al­ways at­tended when he can and been a very wel­come pres­ence with us.

‘He was very, very thought­ful – es­pe­cially to older peo­ple. Even when he was a school­boy he used to go and help by read­ing to blind peo­ple, and many other kind­nesses that per­haps one might not ex­pect from a boy of that age.

‘Through­out his life he has been the same per­son – and that per­son is one of kind­li­ness and thought­ful­ness.’

The singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Is­lam, tweeted: ‘Just read Nick Alexan­der was killed in Paris. He was our tour mer­chan­diser on last year’s tour. Send­ing love & con­do­lences to his fam­ily.’

 ??  ?? Soul­mates: Polina Buck­ley and Nick Alexan­der had been to­gether for three years
Soul­mates: Polina Buck­ley and Nick Alexan­der had been to­gether for three years
 ??  ?? Dis­tressed: Polina at the makeshift shrine in New York, and her tweet af­ter Nick’s death
Dis­tressed: Polina at the makeshift shrine in New York, and her tweet af­ter Nick’s death
 ?? You are and al­ways will be the love of my life, Nick Alexan­der ??
You are and al­ways will be the love of my life, Nick Alexan­der
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