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State Department: 2 Americans Killed in Nice, France Attack

By    |   Friday, 15 July 2016 08:49 AM

Two Americans — reportedly a Texas man and his young son — are among the dead from France's Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. 

State Department spokesman John Kirby says the pair was among those killed Thursday when a large truck plowed through a crowd gathered for a holiday fireworks display.

At least 84 people have died.

Kirby didn't identify the Americans by name, citing privacy concerns. 

The Austin American-Statesman reported that 51-year-old Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son Brodie were among those killed in Nice, citing their friends and relatives.

Family friend Jess Davis released a statement Friday on behalf of the Copeland family, saying they are "heartbroken and in shock."

State Department spokesman John Kirby said earlier that two Americans were killed, but didn't identify them citing privacy.

Davis says the Copelands, from Lakeway, were on a European vacation that began in Spain. They were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.

The statement says Sean Copeland is "a wonderful husband and father" and Brodie is "an amazing son and brother who lit up our lives." 

He says the U.S. is providing assistance to those affected by the attack, while the embassy tries to account for all Americans in the Mediterranean city.

"Our embassy in Paris is making every effort to account for the welfare of US citizens in Nice," Kirby said. "Any U.S. citizens in Nice should contact friends and family directly to inform them of their well being."

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report. 

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