Among the victims of Thursday’s horrific terror attack in Nice, France were at least two Americans, a Texas man and his 11-year-old son who were on a European family vacation.
Sean Copeland, 51, and his son Brodie were among the crowd when a semi-truck came speeding through, intentionally mowing down everyone in its path, just as the Bastille Day fireworks show finished.
At least 84 people were killed and many others seriously injured.
The family lived near Austin, Texas, in Lakeway. The Austin Statesman reported that Sean Copeland worked for Lexmark Corporation, as the vice president of North and South America for Lexmark’s Kapow Software Division.
Brodie played youth baseball, and his father was a youth baseball coach.
“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,” the family said in a statement. “They are so loved.”
The family confirmed their loss through a friend, Jess Davis. They were on a European vacation that started in Pamplona, continued in Barcelona, and they had been celebrating Bastille Day in Nice “when this unthinkable and unfair act of terror took Sean and Brodie from the world far too soon,” Davis said. “It is a terrible loss.”
Nice Matin journalist Damien Allemand witnessed the terrifying scene. “An enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people,” he said. “I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget.”
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FOOTAGE OF TRUCK DRIVING INTO CROWD