Texas Tech Confirms 15 Students in Nice, France Are Safe
Texas Tech students studying abroad in Nice, France were confirmed to be safe by the Lubbock University Friday.
The school said via press release that 15 students from the Rawls College of Business are currently in Nice studying and that all of them are safe. None of the students were present at the Bastille Day celebration Thursday when a man fired an assault rifle into a crowd of 40,000 people before running over and killing dozens.
CNN has put the death toll at 84, with more than 200 other people injured during the terror attack which was carried out by 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.
Two of the people killed in the attack were from Texas: 51-year-old Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son Brodie. They were reportedly in Nice for a family vacation.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott mourned the loss of Copeland and his son in an official statement:
In the wake of the most recent terrorist attack in France, Texans awoke on Friday morning to even more sad news as it was confirmed that members of a Texas family, Sean Copeland and his son Brodie, were among the victims. While every heinous attack like this is tragic, this latest one hits close to home. Cecilia and I ask that Texans join us in praying for all of the victims, and especially the Copeland family as they mourn the loss of a devoted father and loving son. Now, more than ever, we must unite with our allies around the globe to end the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism that threatens our freedoms and civilization itself.