It pains us to report that at least 10 children died, including one American child, on July 14 in the Bastille Day attack on Nice, France. During the tragic event, 84 victims were killed and 202 injured, including at least 54 children.
After the vicious terrorist attack during the celebration for France’s Independence Day, the bodies of young girls and boys were left covered in blankets with their dolls and strollers still next to them, according to Daily Mail. It’s just terrible that their lives were so tragically cut short.
The deaths of these children were totally unexpected, as they happened to be out celebrating Bastille Day and getting ready to watch fireworks in the city when a “lorry” — also known as a semi truck — came plowing through the Nice streets, killing at least 84 people and leaving more than 200 injured. Children have been hospitalized with severe injuries.
An 11-year-old American from Texas named Brodie Copeland, who was traveling with his father, Sean, was among one of the children killed. Sean also died. The father and son were on vacation in the French Riviera.
The truck went speeding down the road hitting people, and the truck driver reportedly shot off rounds of gunfire into the crowd as well. We still cannot believe this has happened and our hearts and prayers go out to all the families that lost a child, and the children who lost their lives.
The driver of the truck has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man. It hasn’t been confirmed that he was directly linked to ISIS, but the terror group has been celebrating the attack. The vicious attack is France’s third major terrorist attack in 18 months.
France has declared three days of national mourning. “France is in tears, it is hurting but it is strong and she will be stronger – always stronger than the fanatics who wish to hurt us,” President Francois Holland said following the attack.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Nice today.