Texas Father and Son Killed in Bastille Day Attack on France

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
July 15, 2016 Updated: July 15, 2016

A Lakeway, Texas father and his 11-year-old son were killed in the Nice, France attack in which a truck plowed into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations on July 14.

French officials say 84 people were killed after a fireworks show on a main avenue in Nice. President Francois Hollande said 50 people are “between life and death.” The driver was shot on scene by police. He was identified as a 31-year-old Frenchman of Tunisian descent. 

A spokeswoman of the family said, Sean Copeland, 51, and Brodie, 11, died in the attack, according to KVUE.

“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 spokesperson said.

The U.S. State Department confirmed the two were killed.

Sean Copeland’s niece, Haley Copeland, said on social media that her uncle and cousin were on vacation in France with her two other cousins and an aunt celebrating a birthday.

“I don’t even know how to put this into words,” said another niece, Heather Copeland. “Today was a very tragic day for my family.” 

Brodie had just finished fifth grade at Lakeway Elementary and was due to start middle school, the Lake Travis Independent School District told KVUE.

The 11-year-old was also on a youth baseball league.

“This afternoon our very own Brodie Copeland, as well as his father Sean Copeland, were killed during the terrorist attack in Nice, France,” the Hill Country Baseball club said on Facebook.

“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,” added the post.

TOPSHOT - Police officers, firefighters and rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack on July 15, 2016, after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice on July 14, leaving at least 60 dead and scores injured in an "attack" after a Bastille Day fireworks display, prosecutors said on July 15.  / AFP / Valery HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers, firefighters. and rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack on July 15, 2016, after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice.
(Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama condemned the attack on Thursday. 

“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded,” he said.

“I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.”

After the attack, President Hollande ordered that the state of emergency, which was soon to expire, be extended for three more months.