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Bastille Day Attack: The Two Americans Killed Were A Father & His 11-Year-Old Son

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The personal stories are what make this all the more heartbreaking.

On Thursday night in Nice, France, a truck driver went on a mile-long rampage, killing at least 84 people and injuring hundreds more — including dozens that are still fighting for their lives — as the country celebrated Bastille Day.

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And even though we were already aware that two Americans had been killed in the tragedy, it's even more gut-wrenching now to learn more about the lives lost — in this case, a father and son taken far too soon.

Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son, Brodie, were killed in the attack as they were enjoying the Bastille Day festivities in the middle of a family vacation to the south of France.

The father and son, from a small town in Texas, were watching fireworks and enjoying their time together with the rest of the family when tragedy struck, according to family friend Bill Bishop.

Bishop spoke to People about the Copelands, a family that will be remembered for far more than just those final moments (below):

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