Among the more than 80 people killed in Thursday’s assault in Nice, France, were an American father and his 11-year-old son, reports the Austin American-Statesman. The family of Sean and Brodie Copeland of Lakeway, Texas, have confirmed their deaths. “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.” In a Twitter post, Sean’s niece, Haley Copeland, says her uncle and cousin were on a vacation with other family members and celebrating a birthday when the attack happened. It’s not clear if other members of the family were injured.
“This is an extremely difficult time for my family and anyone who knows Sean and Brodie Copeland,” she wrote. “Losing a loved one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way is unbearable.” The elder Copeland, 51, worked as a vice president for Lexmark Corp. and coached youth baseball, which Brodie played, notes NBC News. A group called Hill Country Baseball put up a Facebook post “to ask that the HC family keep the Copelands in your prayers. … Nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family.” Read more about what’s currently known about the attacker here.
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