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Austin-Area Father and Son Among 84 Killed in Nice, France Attack

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A Hill Country father and son were among those killed in the horrifying attack on Thursday in Nice, France that killed 84 people.

According to Austin-American Statesman, Sean Copeland, 51, and his son Brodie, 11, were with family on vacation in Nice. Both were killed when a truck plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the city’s beachfront boardwalk.

Jess Davis, a family friend of the Copeland’s, gave a statement about the tragic loss. “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,” said Davis. “They are so loved.”

The Copelands are from Lakeway, a community 30 miles northwest of Austin. Sean Copeland was an executive for Lexmark, a software company. Brodie played baseball for the Hill Country Baseball team. His team shared this post on Facebook last night.

So far, 84 people have died as a result of the attack. Police killed the driver in a shootout after he ploughed through crowds for nearly a mile. French authorities are calling this incident a terrorist attack.

Our hearts are heavy for everyone who was needlessly killed and injured in this senseless act of violence. Please keep these sons of Texas and the victims of the attack and their families in your prayers and hearts today.

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Austin-Area Father and Son Among 84 Killed in Nice, France Attack