Couples, on their way to joyful celebrations, now separated by death.
Details continue to come out about the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter, Esteban Santiago, who appears to have had a history of mental health problems and was under psychiatric care.
Slowly, information has also come out about the victims of that horrific attack, which killed five and wounded eight. While not all victim information has been released, it appears at least four couples have been separated by death.
Two of the victims were an Ohio couple heading for their 51st wedding anniversary.
Tragedy struck an Ohio family when Shirley Timmons was slain and her husband critically injured during the airport attack.
The couple had flown to Fort Lauderdale on Friday to join the rest of their family for a cruise, WILE-FM (http://bit.ly/2iODNWI) reported.
Timmons’ grandson Steve Reineccius confirmed over Facebook that his grandmother was one of the victims and that his grandfather Steve Timmons was wounded. They were both 70 years old.
Timmons was shot in the head and underwent emergency surgery at a Fort Lauderdale hospital, where he’s in critical condition, the station reported.
Terry Andres was on his way to an extended 16-day cruise with his wife, Ann. He was killed during the rampage.
Andres, who was raised in Millville, N.J., was married to Ann for nearly four decades. He volunteered with the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department in Virginia Beach, and worked for a total of about 20 years at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, most recently serving as a radiological control technician.
Kim said her father played golf and tennis. He traveled often for work, one reason why he and Ann were looking forward to 16 days together.
“They hadn’t been on a vacation like this before,” she said.
Olga Woltering and her husband Ralph Woltering were married for 64 years, and were on their way to a cruise to celebrate his 90th birthday. Olga was shot during Santigo’s attack.
Olga Woltering, a beloved great grandmother from Marietta, was among the five who died of gunshot wounds at the FLL airport’s baggage claim area in Terminal 2 on Friday afternoon. The members of the Transfiguration Catholic church in Georgia were mourning the loss on social media.
Jerry de Varennes described Woltering as “a very loving and caring woman.” He also asked for prayers to lift up “a crazy and cruel world.”
Iowa couple Kari and Michael Oehme were among the victims; Michael was killed and Kari was wounded.
Kari’s mother says Michael died after being shot in the head, and Kari is recovering in a Florida hospital after being shot in the neck and shoulder.
Deb Campbell, a friend of Kari, said Saturday, “Kari is a very kind person and the fact that she lost her husband at the hands of a total lunatic is heartbreaking. Not only will she have to heal physically but how do you heal a broken heart? This world is just insane. Two people just trying to take a vacation get gunned down randomly not to mention the other poor souls who were also killed. Absolutely mindless.”
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