AUSTIN, Texas — Relatives say a father and son from the Austin area are among the victims of the deadly truck attack in Nice.
Family friend Jess Davis says 51-year-old Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son Brodie were killed Thursday evening in what French authorities have described as a terror attack in which at least 84 people were killed.
Dozens of Bastille Day revelers, who’d gathered to watch the fireworks on the waterfront Promenade des Anglais, were killed when a truck plowed through the crowd, CBS News reports. The truck was loaded with arms and grenades and the driver was killed by police, according to the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi.
Davis released a statement Friday on behalf of the Copeland family, saying they are “heartbroken and in shock.”
Davis says the Copelands, from Lakeway, were on a European vacation that began in Spain. They were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.
The statement says Sean Copeland is “a wonderful husband and father” and Brodie is “an amazing son and brother who lit up our lives.”
The White House released a statement from President Obama on Thursday evening via Twitter, reading, “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.”
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