NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — At least two Americans, a father and his young son, were among those killed when a large white truck mowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France.
Sean Copeland, 51, and his son, Brodie, 11, were vacationing with their family, said Jess Davis, who is friends with Meagan Copeland, Sean Copeland’s daughter, CBS News reported.
The Copelands live in the Austin, Texas area, CBS Dallas reports.
Davis issued a statement on the family’s behalf saying, “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.”
Brodie played for the Hill County baseball team, which posted a statement on its Facebook page reading in part, “We would like to ask that the HC family keep the Copelands in your prayers. This afternoon our very own Brodie Copeland, as well as his father Sean Copeland, were killed during the terrorist attack in Nice, France. … 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.”
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed two Americans were among those killed, but didn’t identify the individuals by name, citing privacy concerns.
He said the U.S. is providing assistance to those affected by the attack, while the embassy tries to account for all Americans in the Mediterranean city.
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