Two Americans were among the 84 killed on Bastille Day, mowed down during a massive truck during a horrifying terrorist attack in Nice, France. Sadly, Brodie, 11, and his father, Sean, 51, lost their lives while what should have been a wonderful family vacation in the French Riviera.
The heartbreaking attack on July 14 in Nice, France took the lives of at least 10 children and injured 54 more. Among those killed was Brodie Copeland, 11, who was visiting the country from Texas with his father, Sean, who just finished watching fireworks when the attack happened.
John Kirby, spokesman for the State Department did not ID the American victims at first, but friends and family later confirmed the two lost were from Lakeway, Texas.
Relative Haley Copeland posted on her Facebook page, according to DailyMail, confirming the death of her uncle and cousin.
“By now many of you have heard about the 80 people that have died in Nice, France today from a terrorist attack driving through a parade,” she wrote. “2 of those 80 people were American and those 2 people happen to be uncle Sean and 11 year old cousin Brodie. They were there on vacation with my two other cousins and aunt celebrating a birthday. This is an extremely difficult time for my family and anyone who knows Sean and Brodie Copeland. Losing a loved one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way is unbearable. Prayers are much appreciated.” She also added the hashtags “CopelandFamily.”
Brodie played baseball for Hill Country, who also took to their Facebook page to send their prayers.
“This afternoon our very own Brodie Copeland, as well as his father Sean Copeland, were killed during the terrorist attack in Nice, France,” the organization wrote. “Nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family. You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Rest in peace, Brodie and Sean, you will be remembered by many.”
Our prayers go out to all families and friends of the victims in Nice.