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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – According to family and friends, a father and son from Texas are among those killed in the Thursday night terror attack in Nice, France.
Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son Brodie lived in Lakeway, in the Austin-area. The family, who lived in North Texas before relocating to Travis County, was in Europe on a family vacation.
Family spokesperson Jess Davis, released the following statement on behalf of the Copelands:
“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 statement said. “They are so loved.”
Late Friday morning Governor Greg Abbott showing a picture of the Governor’s mansion, where the French flag is again being flown.
In the statement Governor Abbott said –
“I ask that Texans join us in praying for all of the victims, and especially the Copeland family as they mourn the loss of a devoted father and loving son. Now, more than ever, we must unite with our allies around the globe to end the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism that threatens our freedoms and civilization itself.”
Senator Ted Cruz issued a statement explaining that his office was working closely with the Copeland family and federal and international officials to quickly bring surviving members of the family and Sean and Brodie’s bodies home to Texas.
The Hill Country Baseball Facebook page asked for prayer for the Copeland family.
“This afternoon our very own Brodie Copeland, as well as his father Sean Copeland, were killed during the terrorist attack in Nice, France,” the post said. “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.”
(Photo: Facebook: Hill Country Baseball)
A memorial page for Sean Copeland said he attended the University of North Texas in Denton. While living in North Texas Brodie was a member of the Dallas Mustangs baseball team.
More than 80 people were killed when a driver first shot into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. The man then drove more than a mile through the Promenade des Anglais mowing down people watching fireworks.
French authorities labeled it a terrorist attack, and the French president extended a state of emergency across the nation.
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