30-Year-Old American Justin Shults and Wife Stephanie Confirmed Dead in Brussels Bombings
"We found out today that cowards took my brother's life just weeks after his 30th birthday," Justin Shults younger brother reportedly wrote Saturday on Twitter
A 30-year-old American living with his wife in Brussels has been confirmed as one of the victims in Tuesday’s bombings, his employer said Saturday. His wife was confirmed to have been killed in the bombings later on Saturday.
Justin Shults was killed during one of the twin suicide explosions that struck the Zevantem airport Tuesday morning, CLARCOR, a Tennessee-based company, said on its website.
Shults had lived in Brussels with his wife, Stephanie, since 2014; and had worked on CLARCOR’s global finance team since 2012, the company said.
“We grieve with his family and continue to offer our support as they mourn this unimaginable loss,” the company said.
“[Shults] will be remembered by his CLARCOR community as an intelligent, kind and loyal friend and employee. Justin will be greatly missed by those who knew him,” the company continued. “We do not have news yet about Justin’s wife, Stephanie, and ask that you keep her and her family in your prayers.”
(A State Department official declined comment to PEOPLE “out of respect for the families.”)
Shults’ younger brother, Levi Sutton, writing under the Twitter handle @PopcornSutton_, shared his grief Saturday, according to the The Tennessean.
“The last thing my brother ever told me is that he loved me….Go rest high on that mountain,” Sutton wrote.
He continued, “We found out today that cowards took my brother’s life just weeks after his 30th birthday. I was blessed to have Justin as a big brother. He was smart and kind and generous. I never met a single person that didn’t like him.”
Sutton wrote that Shults was a hard worker and a world traveler, someone who left places better for having visited them.
“Knowing that I’ll never be able to see him again hurts but it’s worse that my future children will never get to know their uncle Justin as he would’ve been a tremendous role model,” Sutton wrote. “Please pray for my mom.”
Sutton later confirmed via Twitter that Stephanie had also been killed.
Sutton had earlier announced that Shults and his wife were missing following Tuesday’s bombings, which authorities have called terrorist attacks, and which struck both the Brussels airport and a subway station, killing more than 30 and injuring more than 300.
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According to NBC News, the couple was at the airport that morning to send off Stephanie’s mother, Carolyn Moore, after a visit.
Moore was “knocked down by the blast” and sustained injuries to her ear and hearing, sister Betty Newsom told PEOPLE on Wednesday.
“She and Justin and Stephanie were in the terminal,” Newsom said. “She was headed to security. Justin and Stephanie were sitting in chairs watching her walk toward the security when she saw them last. She doesn’t know if they stayed in the airport or if they got up and moved to somewhere else.”
On Saturday, Belgian authorities announced charges against two suspects in connection with the bombings.