(CNN) — The Copeland family vacation started in Pamplona, Spain, moved to Barcelona and ended tragically as the Bastille Day fireworks faded over Nice, France.
A family representative said Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son Brodie were among the more than 80 people killed Thursday when a truck zig-zagged through a screaming crowd for more than a mile along the Promenade des Anglais.
They had traveled there from the Austin, Texas, area with Copeland’s wife to celebrate a relative’s birthday, CNN affiliate KXAN reported. They were accompanied by Copeland’s children from a previous marriage: Maegan, 29, and Austin, 22.
Copeland’s wife, Kim, posted a photo of her husband and son on Facebook.
More than 5,000 miles from the massacre, the Hill Country Baseball league posted a photo of Brodie — “our very own” — with waves splashing over his back on the rocky shore of the French Riviera.
“Nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family,” the post said.
Sean Copeland coached youth baseball, and Brodie played in the league.
In a Twitter post from a family member, Copeland poses on a ball field with Brodie, who is holding a trophy.
At least 10 children were killed in what French officials are calling a terror attack, and dozens of people remain hospitalized. The attack happened on a night when the seaside promenade was teeming with families and young people. Dolls and toys were strewn about the scene of the attack, according to images posted on social media.
“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.”
Sean Copeland, who had attended the University of North Texas, was vice president at Lexmark’s Kapow Software Division.
“It took … a while to sink in,” family friend Jason Dixon said of the loss, according to KXAN.
Brodie’s “attitude and personality were infectious,” he added.