Locals react to Bastille Day terror attack in City of Nice

Forensic officers stand near a truck with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – People living in the Tampa Bay area who have friends and relatives in or near Nice, France are devastated by the terror attack there.

On Friday, a member of the French American Business Council of West Florida, told News Channel 8, she was up until the early morning hours trying to check on friends who live in the area. Joyce Michele told us she is saddened by what happened.

“It was heartbreaking. That’s all I can say. It was heartbreaking,”

Gerald Chassang, who is actually from Paris, not Nice,  said it reminds him of the pain he felt the day of 9/11. He was in New York when the Twin Towers were hit.

“Very sad to see how easy it could be done. Makes us feel you know, sorry for everybody that was there trying to enjoy themselves.”

Gerald Chassang is from Paris.
Gerald Chassang is from Paris.

At Tampa International Airport, a pre-planned Bastille Day celebration will be changed to include a moment of silence for the victims of the terror attack.

Two Americans were killed in the attack. A Lakeway, Texas father and son were among the 84 who died in the deadly attack on Nice during Bastille Day celebrations. A family spokesperson released a statement saying 51-year-old Sean Copeland and 11-year-old Brodie Copeland were vacationing in France when they were killed. They were traveling with Copeland’s wife and two other children.

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