Two Americans Among the Victims of the Bastille Day Attack in France

July 15th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

At least two American citizens were reportedly killed in the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, on Thursday: an 11-year-old boy and his 51-year-old father.

Brodie Copeland and his dad, Sean, were enjoying the firework display at the Promenade des Anglais when a truck rammed through the dense crowd, killing at least 84 people and injuring more than 200 others. The father and son were visiting from Lakeway, Texas, The Daily Beast reports.

"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."

Brodie played youth baseball and his father coached the team, The Austin Statesman reports. In a Facebook post, the Hill Country Baseball club expressed sympathy for the family, writing "[n]obody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family. You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers."

"The Lakeway community is like family, and we have lost two of our members," Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain said in a statement. "We stand together with the Copelands."

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