UK Batakalan victim’s sister tells accused: ‘We don’t hate you’


The only British sister killed in paris terrorist attack has told 14 people at the bloodshed trial in Paris that while she and the families of other victims are “sorry for what you did, we don’t hate you”.

Nick Alexander killed when gunmen stormed the Bataclan Theater Paris During a rock concert as part of a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital ordered by the Islamic State group.

A total of 130 people were killed in shootings and suicide bombings, which culminated in a massacre in Bataclan, where the American band Eagles of Death Metal was performing in front of a capacity crowd.

Alexander, who was 35 years old, was the band’s business manager.

He died in the arms of his ex-girlfriend Helen Wilson after suffering a gunshot wound.

Nick Alexander, 35, was the merchandise manager for the Eagles of Death Metal, playing in the Bataclan. Photograph: Foreign and Commonwealth Office / PA

Testifying on the 33rd day of the largest trial in modern French history, his sister Zoe Alexandre said she shunned hatred, saying: “You cannot neutralize poison with more poison.”

In remarks addressed to Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the 10-member Islamic State cell that carried out the attack, and his co-accused, the 48-year-old Briton said: “I don’t expect to hear remorse, but I hope to hear what you hear here.” It will resonate with your conscience.”

She described her brother as a music lover and temperamental, who defied conventions in the military town of Colchester, where they grew up, with his alternative form of “long hair, skinny jeans and boots”.

He “lived a life of true authenticity, something that those who carried out the atrocities of that night under the orders of others will never know,” she told the court.

Twenty people are on trial for the November 13, 2015 attacks On people enjoying Friday night at Bataclan, nearby bars and restaurants and the national stadium where France and Germany were playing a football friendly.

Six defendants who are missing, presumed dead, are being tried in their absence.

Over the past month, survivors of the attacks and the families of victims have been sharing tragic details of the attacks and its aftermath.

Alexander described the long, painful wait to find out whether his brother had survived the Batalan attack that lasted nearly three hours.

In the early hours of 14 November 2015 she received a call from a colleague of Nick’s informing her of his death and had to call her parents with the news.

“I knew our lives would be changed forever once I called,” she said, fighting back tears.

She described her brother as “an interesting mix of the traditional and the unconventional”, who “loved magic and theatre, music and science fiction, traveling and being at home”.

He remained extremely loyal to his family and childhood friends when he toured the world selling various bands, she said.

Following his death, tributes poured in from music stalwarts including Damon Albarn and Cat Stevens.

“We are not at war with you, you are at war with yourself,” Alexander told the defendants sitting in courtroom in the cavernous courtroom built to host the trial at the Palace of Justice in central Paris.

Noting that Abdeslam’s older brother Brahim, who blew himself up at a bar in the final stages of the attacks, had also died “a cruel and violent death”, he said: “Your parents are also my parents. I hope you can honestly look inside your heart and say it was worth it.”

talking to agency France -After Prese’s testimony, Alexander stated that the main source of consolation for the family came from forming a musical trust in Nick’s name on the first anniversary of his death.

Over the past five years, the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust has funded 20 music projects in disadvantaged communities across the UK.

“The terrorists tried to leave the legacy of darkness, but through the work we have done, we have left the legacy of light,” he said.