“We were holding hands the whole time," she remembered to The Guardian. "He told me that it was hard to breathe so I told him to squeeze my hand and was telling him to stay with me." They decided to play dead as a terrorist approached.
“The man was tall and had dark hair, he came in our direction and started shooting. I tried to protect Nick by covering his body with my legs and wrapping my arms.”
Wilson gave Alexander mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and tried to keep his spirits up. “I was telling him not to leave me, and that I love him.” But his injuries proved too severe. “[I asked] Nick if he was OK, he said: ‘I’m going to die.’ I told him that he wasn’t, he said he couldn’t breathe… At the time I was holding Nick he felt cold and his eyes had changed, his body was lifeless.”
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The inquest was overseen by Caroline Beasley-Murray, senior coroner for the English county of Essex, Alexander’s home.
According to The Guardian, Wilson (a U.S. citizen) met Alexander in Liverpool in 2006, and dated him for two years. They remained close after their relationship while Wilson (who runs a music biz-focused catering business) lived in France. They spent the night prior to the Bataclan show together; Wilson visited the venue to spend time with Alexander while he tended the merch table.
For more, read Billboard’s Nick Alexander obituary, featuring input from friends like the Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys.