Kim Copeland was enjoying Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France with her husband Sean and their 11-year-old son Brodie on July 14 when a truck plowed through a crowd of people on the famed Promenade des Anglais.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, the Texas woman described the horrifying moments before the terror attack that killed 84 people.
“All of a sudden, I hear my husband scream, ‘Watch out!’ and I look up and see a big white truck headed straight towards us,” Copeland said.
Both her husband and her son were killed during the rampage.
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“I knew that he was gone,” Copeland said holding back tears. Copeland’s husband was rushed to hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
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Another 202 people were injured in the July 15 attack that ended when police killed the armed attacker, identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, in a hail of gunfire.
As news of the attack quickly spread around the world Copeland began to understand the reality of her loss.
“We were that family that was all over. ‘Two Americans have died,’ and that’s us. That’s our two Americans,” Copeland said. “It was a nightmare. It is a nightmare.”
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The Copeland family hails from Lakeway, Tx., about 32 kilometres northwest of Austin. They had been on vacation to celebrate Kim’s 40th birthday. The surviving family members also include Maegan Copeland, 29, and Austin Copeland, 22, Sean’s children from a previous marriage.
Copeland said the family has been overwhelmed by messages of love and tributes to Sean and Brodie.
But despite the tragedy, she said she doesn’t regret going abroad for the vacation.
“We had the most amazing days and minutes together as a family of five that I wouldn’t take back,” Copeland said. “I get up and go for them. So that they know I’m OK, because neither one of them would want me to be sad.”
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