On Thursday night, France experienced its third major terror attack since last year, when a bus crashed into a group of people celebrating Bastille Day in the city of Nice. A gunman later exited the car and fired on the crowd, according to reports.
As of Friday morning, 84 people had been reported dead and numerous others were injured or in critical condition.
“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. “They are so loved.”
In an emailed statement, Lakeway mayor Joe Bain said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Copeland family in their time of mourning. The Lakeway community is like family, and we have lost two of our members. We stand together with the Copelands. We grieve the loss of Sean and Brodie Copeland of Lakeway and all the innocent lives taken in last night’s attack in Nice. The City of Lakeway asks that the family’s privacy is respected.”
State officials, national leaders and members of the general population again took to social media to express their condolences to the family and to all of the families who lost loved ones in the Nice attacks, in a public processing of grief that has sadly become all too commonplace this summer.
Here is what people said on social media.
Ted Cruz retweeted this tweet:
Members of the Texas community expressed their sympathies as well.