"I don't regret going on our family vacation together," Kim Copeland said
The Texas woman who lost her son and husband in the July 14 deadly terror attack in Nice, France, has spoken out about that harrowing day and her subsequent grief.
Kim Copeland appeared to hold back tears as she spoke about surviving the attack in which a truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people including her husband Sean, 51, and her son Brodie, 11.
“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,” she told NBC News.
She said her husband ran over to Brodie but did not reach him in time to keep the boy from harm. Brodie died immediately, and Sean died hours later.
Along with the 84 killed, dozens were left injured. The driver was fatally shot by police. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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The Copeland family was in the French city on vacation at the time. Soon after the incident, news of two Americans killed in the attack spread.
“We were that family that was all over – ‘Two Americans have died,’ and that’s us,” Copeland said. “That’s our two Americans. It was a nightmare. It is a nightmare.”
Copeland said that although it is difficult living in the family’s home without her husband and son, she endures to honor their memory.
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“I get up and go for them,” the mother told NBC. “So that they know I’m OK, because neither one of them would want me to be sad.”
The summer vacation turned into a tragedy for the family, but Copeland said she doesn’t regret embarking on the trip.
“I don’t regret going on our family vacation together because we had the most amazing days and minutes together as a family of five that I wouldn’t take back,” she said.