NICE, France – At least two Americans were among the 84 killed while celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France Thursday.
Sean Copeland, 51, and his son Brodie, 11, both died when a man drove a massive truck into the crowds.
The Copelands were on vacation, celebrating birthdays in the family.
Sean’s niece Haley turned to Facebook to express her grief.
“This is an extremely difficult time for my family and anyone who knows Sean and Brodie Copeland. Losing a love one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way [is] unbearable. Prayers are much appreciated,” wrote Haley.
According to Brodie’s uncle, his mom and his half siblings are still in France and are still reeling from the shock of what happened. Back home, friends are preparing for the family’s return and say they are at a loss on how to explain all of this to their kids.
“It’s just devastating. There are really no words to say I mean I cried a little bit with the kids last night. It’s just sad, and I really don’t have a good answer for them,” said Jason Dixon, family friend.
Meanwhile, the family of Nicolas Leslie, 20, is hopeful that he survived the attack. His godfather tells CNN that friends of the UC Berkeley junior saw him dive out of the way of the truck, but he has not yet heard from his godson.
Two other Berkeley students suffered broken legs and one suffered a broken foot. They were among 85 UC Berkeley students studying abroad.