The Nice Attack, that shook not only France but also the entire world Friday, also claimed the lives of two Americans. The father and son were among the 80 victims who died on site.
Texas man and his son were among those who instantaneously died when a truck went on a rampage in a event site in the French city of Nice. The initial report was later verified by the man’s family and friends.
The victims were identified as Sean Copeland, 51 and Brodie, 11 according to a report from CBS DFW. The victims, who were residents of Travis County, were on a vacation in France when the accident happened. They were among the hundreds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.
The Copeland family issued a statement through its spokesperson Jess Davis Thursday. Family members and relatives of the Copeland family also took to Facebook to express their deepest sorrow for losing the two according to Statesman.
“We are heartbroken and in shock over the loss of Brodie Copeland, an amazing son and brother who lit up our lives, and Sean Copeland, a wonderful husband and father, they are so loved,” the statement said.
In a Facebook page, the Hill Country Baseball where Brodie was playing, issued a public statement showing their sympathy to the grieving family. Many friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers extended their condolences to the Copeland family.
“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,” the statement reads.
A Twitter account that goes by the name Heather Copeland was the first source of confirmation about the death of Sean and Brodie.
— heather copeland (@_hcopeland) July 15, 2016