The final photograph taken by a father of his son before both were mowed down in a terror attack on the French Riviera last week provides a haunting counterpoint to the fear they must have experienced that evening.
Austin, Texas area Sean Copeland, 51, and his son Brodie, 11, were enjoying the Bastille Day festivities in Nice, France, when they became two of the at least 84 people killed by Mohamed Bouhlel, who drove a truck through the terrified throng.
The final photograph taken of Brodie revealed a more carefree time off the beach in the Mediterranean city and was posted on the Facebook page of youngster’s baseball team.
The entire family was enjoying a European vacation that started in Pamplona, Spain, continued to Barcelona before moving to Nice where tragedy struck.
“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, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “They are so loved.”
The Croplands’ Nice trip was more than a Bastille Day celebration — it was also in celebration of the 40th birthday of Sean’s wife, Kim Copeland, and the 22nd birthday of his son from a previous marriage, Austin. Sean’s daughter, Maegan, also joined them on the trip.
Daughter Heather Copeland posted on Twitter:
I feel like this is all a nightmare and I’m just waiting to wake up
— Hannah Copeland (@hannahcopeland7) July 15, 2016
The Statesman reported:
Two of Sean Copeland’s brothers are set to fly to Nice with an official from the State Department to bring the family home, according to his brother Troy Copeland.
Sean Copeland worked for Lexmark Corporation, [family friend Jesse] Davis said. He was the vice president of North and South America for Lexmark’s Kapow Software Division.
“While every heinous attack like this is tragic, this latest one hits close to home,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “Cecilia and 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.”
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