Death Toll In Nice Terrorist Truck Attack Rises To 84, Including American Father And 11-Year-Old Son From Texas
The death toll from the terrorist truck attack in Nice, France climbed to 84, including 10 children, on Friday morning. It was not only the French who were murdered in the horrific attack, but also many from other countries, including the United States.
Linda Casanova, a 54-year-old woman from Switzerland was killed in France when a terrorist drove a truck directly into a crowd that was celebrating Bastille Day.
At least one Armenian citizen was killed, and there are reports of a second. The confirmed death was a 24-year-old mother of two.
A Moroccan woman and child were killed in Nice, the Moroccan Consulate in Marseille told the Huffington Post.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says one Ukrainian was killed and two others were injured.
Russian student, Victoria Savchenko, was killed in the Nice attacks. Her friend and fellow student Polina Serebryannikova was injured. Three more Russian citizens who reportedly attended the celebrations are missing.
American Sean Copeland, a 51-year-old from Lakeway, Texas, was killed in the savage onslaught. His 11-year-old son, Brodie, was also murdered in the Nice terrorist truck attack.
The Copelands were from Lakeway, Texas, just outside of Austin.
The family released a statement:
“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. They are so loved.”
“This is a very difficult time for our family,” Sean’s brother Troy told NBC News.
“We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those killed,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Kirby said the State Department is “providing all possible consular assistance.”
Sean was the vice president of Lexmark Corporation, and he oversaw their Kapow Software Division in North and South America.
Hundreds of the wounded remain in the hospital, including 18 fighting for their lives in intensive care.
The terrorist is Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who was born in Tunisia and lived in Nice. Police say the 31-year-old was a career criminal. He apparently rented the large truck to carry out his lethal assault.
Bouhlel was described as a “weird loner” who “became depressed” when his wife left him.
Investigators have been searching the home of Bouhlel in the Abattoirs area of Nice.
Scores of revelers gathered at the French Riviera seaside city of Nice to celebrate Bastille Day and watch fireworks. The madman then ended the country’s national holiday early by driving the vehicle into the crowds. Witnesses say the driver zigzagged the truck to strike and kill as many victims as possible. The murderous truck rampage was only stopped when a hail of police bullets killed the terrorist during a shootout.
People were run over, slammed by the truck and thrown to the ground like bowling pins. The pavement looked like a warzone, with puddles of blood and mangled bodies strewn about.
Authorities performed a controlled explosion of the deadly white box van.
No terror group had claimed responsibility for the grisly attack.
French President Francois Hollande addressed his hurting nation following another terror attack:
“Once again we have seen extreme violence and it is obvious we must do everything to fight against this terrorism. France as a whole is under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing.”