Married Vanderbilt grads both died in Brussels terror attack

Justin and Stephanie Shults (Courtesy: Facebook)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The employers of both Justin and Stephanie Shults, who went missing after Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, confirmed Saturday that the couple perished in the attack.

Justin’s employer, CLARCOR,  posted a statement online confirming his death in the airport bombing Tuesday.

We have learned today that Justin Shults died in the bombing at Brussels Airport. We grieve with his family and continue to offer our support as they mourn this unimaginable loss. Justin has been an integral member of our global finance team since May of 2012 and he has lived with his wife, Stephanie, in Brussels since 2014. He 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. We do not have news yet about Justin’s wife, Stephanie, and ask that you keep her and her family in your prayers,” said the company statement.

Shults was employed by the Franklin company since May 2012.

Mars petcare, the company Stephanie worked for, released a statement Saturday night confirming her death.

Today we learned from Stephanie’s family that she and her husband, Justin, were among those killed in the attack on the Brussels airport. 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,” read the statement. 

The couple has lived in Brussels since 2014.

Justin’s brother, Levi Sutton, said Saturday that Stephanie Shults’ vehicle was found at the airport and later posted a long tribute to his brother.

Vanderbilt University, where the couple graduated fromthe Owen Graduate School of Management, also released a statement.

We are saddened to learn that the deaths of Vanderbilt alumni Justin and Stephanie Shults have been confirmed. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they begin to cope with their passing. Both Justin and Stephanie received degrees from our Owen Graduate School of Management. Justin also received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt. This bright young couple chose, in the spirit of discovery, to become global citizens in order to grow, to learn and to broaden their perspective. They represented the very best of Vanderbilt and Owen,” said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released a statement regarding the Shults’ death, which reads:

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Justin and Stephanie Shults in the terror attacks in Brussels,” said Corker. “To their family members and to all who loved them, we offer our prayers and deepest sympathies as we mourn their passing. We also extend condolences to all of the families who lost loved ones and to the people of Belgium.”“From Chattanooga, to Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and beyond, we have seen unimaginable events unfold before our eyes,” added Corker. “It is clear that the fight against this evil will be a long-term struggle. To protect our citizens, we must deepen our partnership with Europe and other allies to defeat ISIS and other terror groups.”

Just earlier this week his family was mistakenly informed that the missing couple had been found.

The terror attack in Brussels killed 31 and wounded over 270 others.

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