American couple killed in Brussels terror attack identified

An American couple living in Belgium were killed in the Brussels airport attack

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BRUSSELS, March 26, 2016 — An American couple was identified among those killed in the Brussels terror attack last week. They were Justin and Stephanie Shults, last seen dropping off Stephanie’s mother at the airport. Justin Shults worked for Clarcor, a manufacturing company based in Tennessee. Stephanie Shults worked for Mars Inc. The couple had been living in Belgium since 2014. They were first reported missing on Tuesday when ISIS militants attacked the Brussels airport.

Clarcor, a filtration company, said in a statement on its website that he would be remembered as an “intelligent, kind and loyal friend and employee.” Stephanie’s employer expressed condolences Saturday. “We are mourning the loss of our colleague and friend. Our hearts and thoughts are with their families, and with all those who are suffering during this terrible time,” the company said in a statement.

Vanderbilt University, the couple’s alma mater, issued condolences to the family and said they represented the very best of Vanderbilt. Their family members’ agony after the attacks was compounded by a false ray of hope they received from officials: Sutton tweeted earlier this week that the U.S. State Department said the couple had been located, only to later write his family had been given “misinformation.” State Department officials have not explained where the confusion came from.

Twenty-eight people were killed and more than 270 were injured in the bombings at the airport and a metro station, a spokesperson for the Belgian prosecutor’s office clarified Saturday. Three attackers also died in the blasts. Brussels prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch told the Associated Press Saturday that 24 of the 31 people killed in the attacks have now been identified. Of the 270 wounded, 93 are being treated at a Brussels military hospital. A doctor there says Saturday that 15 people are in a serious burns unit, five of them in intensive care.

A pair of Dutch siblings from New York were also killed during the attack at the Brussels airport. They were identified as Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski. Sascha Pinczowski posted on Facebook after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that “Ignorant spreading of anti-Muslim sentiment and propaganda does nothing but benefit ISIS.” Brussels Airport said in a statement Saturday that a “provisional investigation into the Brussels Airport’s terminal did not indicate any stability issues related to the terminal building.”

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