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Austin area father and son killed in Bastille Day attack

51-year-old Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son Brodie Copeland were killed in the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France (Photo: Facebook/MGN Online)

An Austin area father and son are among the dead in France.

CBS News has confirmed their identities to be 51-year-old Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son, Brodie Copeland.

They were killed when a truck careened into a group of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France Thursday night, according to Jess Davis, the Copeland family representative.

The family is currently in Nice and released the following statement:

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.

Hill Country Baseball, a league that Brodie played in, released a statement mourning his death:

This evening we would like to ask that the HC family keep the Copelands in your prayers. This afternoon our very own Brodie Copeland, as well as his father Sean Copeland, were killed during the terrorist attack in Nice, France. This photo was sent to me earlier today from the French Riviera...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.

The mayor of Lakeway, Joe Bain, released a statement on the death of the Copelands:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Copeland family in their time of mourning. The Lakeway community is like family, and we have lost two of our members. We stand together with the Copelands. We grieve the loss of Sean and Brodie Copeland of Lakeway and all the innocent lives taken in last night’s attack in Nice. The City of Lakeway asks that the family’s privacy is respected.

Sean Copeland was an employee at Lexmark. The company tweeted the following:

At least 80 people died in the attack and 18 others remain in critical condition, according to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Numerous others have been reported to be wounded.

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Mohamad Lahouaiej Bouhel, a French-Tunisian who didn't have any known ties to terror groups.



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