Church-Going Great-Grandmother Among Victims of Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting
The names of the five people killed in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting are beginning to come out, hours after the deadly incident that left at least an additional six people injured.
Terry Andres, 62
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe gave his condolences to the Andres family Friday.
“This is just heart wrenching,” he told 10 On Your Side. “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this. We’ve got to get to the bottom of the gun violence going on in the country. But obviously, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the family right now.”
Woltering, from Marietta, Georgia, was leaving for a cruise with her husband, Ralph, when she was shot, according to friends on social media. Ralph was uninjured.
The couple have attended Transfiguration Catholic Church for the last 18 years.
“Olga was one of the most joyful, loving, caring and committed people I have ever met,” the parish priest, Father Fernando Molina-Restrepo, says in a statement shared with PEOPLE.
“This is a horrible tragedy for everyone here at Transfiguration, especially because Olga was so loved. May God give consolation to all of the victims of this tragedy and may God give eternal rest to those who died. Especially to our beloved Olga.”
Oehme and his wife, Kari, were both shot at the airport, Kari’s mother confirmed to KETV NewsWatch 7. Oehme died after a shot to the head, and Kari is recovering from shots to the neck and shoulder.
Friends of the couple say they were inseparable.
“They were like peanut butter and jelly,” Adam Angeroth, a friend of Kari’s, tells PEOPLE. “She is one of the happiest people I know. He was pretty quiet, pretty upbeat.”
“You could tell what kind of guy he was by how he took care of his daughter Andrea and his mother-in-law [Lucille]. He did yard work and always put the Christmas lights up.”
Angeroth says that the Oehme’s were heading off on their yearly cruise, this time to St. Martin, and Kari was excited for the trip.
Shirley Timmons, 70
Timmons and her husband Steve, both 70, were also heading off to a cruise when Shirley was fatally shot, their grandson Steve Reineccius told AVC News. Steve Timmons was shot in the face, and was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. He’s now recovering in critical condition.
“Steve and Shirley raised an amazing family, three amazing girls. Their family was everything to them,” a family member said.
The couple, from Senecaville, Ohio, previously owned two women’s clothing stores in the area, and were three weeks away from celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary.
Mary Louise Amzibel, 69
She was a resident of Ohio, according to the Miami Herald. No other details have been released.
The Broward County Sheriff confirmed the shooting, with multiple people dead and a subject in custody, just before 2 p.m. local time on Friday.
A federal law enforcement official confirmed to PEOPLE that the suspect is Esteban Santiago, 26.
The shooter was discharged from the National Guard last year on a general discharge, the official said.
He arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Friday, on a Delta red-eye flight originating from Anchorage via Minneapolis, with checked baggage containing a firearm. Santiago had previously told the FBI he was hearing voices in his head, according to Anchorage authorities.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that Santiago was taken into custody without incident, and is being interviewed by FBI agents and Broward County sheriff’s deputies. He is expected to be in federal court on Monday.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN the shooter acted alone, and that there is no evidence of a partner.
She said, “At this time we do not have a motive, but we are actively investigating that.”
In a press conference on Saturday, Israel corrected previous reports that said that there were eight people injured — clarifying that the authorities now know there were six people injured.
On Saturday, the Department of Justice reportedly filed federal charges against Santiago, charging him with
performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm, according to CBS News reporter Paula Reid.
- With reporting by SUSAN KEATING and SIOBHAN MORRISSEY