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'Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the loss' - family of British victim speak ahead of Paris memorial service

Nick Alexander Credit: PA

"Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the loss of our precious Nick", the parents of a British man killed in the attacks in Paris said ahead of a memorial service in the French capital.

Nick Alexander, 36, was among those killed after gunmen stormed the Bataclan during the series of attacks across Paris, which left a total of 130 people dead on November 13.

Nick's parents Barry and Sheelagh Alexander released a statement paying tribute to their son as they prepared to attend the memorial service led by French President Francois Hollande.

It comes as an inquest into Mr Alexander's death was open and adjourned in Chelmsford. Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray heard that he died from gunshot wounds to his stomach and chest.

Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the loss of our precious Nick.

This is just the beginning of a long road where we will have to get used to the absence of his physical presence around us – a physical presence that we loved so much, that made us laugh, that we loved being with, and always held us close wherever he was.

We will get through this with the love and strength of our beloved family, friends and colleagues, and the support of so many people we have never even met.

The outpouring of love from around the world has been a great comfort to us and makes us even more proud to have had Nick as our son. We will love and miss him forever.

We extend our love and condolences to all those who have been affected by this indiscriminate act, and are proud to stand with them in unity at the memorial service on Friday. Our lives are intrinsically linked forever.

– Barry and Sheelagh Alexander

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