A father and son from Texas were among the 84 people killed Thursday when a man plowed a box truck through crowds of people in Nice, France, after a Bastille Day fireworks show. 

Sean Copeland, 51, and his son Brodie, 11, were from the Austin area and their deaths were announced by a family member in a heartbreaking Facebook post.

"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," the family members said. 

Brodie played for the local Hill Country Baseball league and the organization offered its condolences.

“Nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family," the post said. "You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Rest in peace, Brodie and Sean; you will be remembered by many.”


The Statesman reports that the family was on vacation, previously visiting Pamplona and Barcelona, Spain, before moving on to southern France.

Copeland reportedly worked for Lexmark as a VP within the Kapow Software Division and attended the University of North Texas.


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