additional U.S. citizens confirmed killed in Brussels attack
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[March 28, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more U.S.
citizens have been confirmed killed in last week's Brussels suicide
bombings, a State Department official said on Sunday, bringing the death
toll for Americans to four.
"We can confirm the deaths of two additional U.S. citizens in
Brussels, and we express our deepest condolences to their loved
ones," the official said. No other details were immediately
The attacks on Tuesday at the Brussels Airport and on a metro train
killed 31 people, including three attackers, and injured hundreds
more. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
The State Department has declined to name any of the four people
killed in the Brussels attacks, citing respect for their families.
On Saturday, employers said that two of them were Justin and
Stephanie Shults, residents of Belgium who were originally from
Tennessee and Kentucky. They were last seen dropping off her mother
at the Brussels airport shortly before the check-in area was rocked
by a powerful explosion.
"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," Mars Inc, Stephanie Shults'
employer, said on its Facebook page.
Justin Shults' brother, Levi Sutton, remembered him in a post on
"He was smart and kind and generous. I never met a single person who
didn't like him. He worked hard his whole life and achieved goals
that most could only dream about," Sutton said in the post.
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Of Stephanie Shults, he said: "Stephanie was always so happy. I
really enjoyed any chance I got to be around her. The world lost two
amazing people today. It's not fair."
Justin Shults was employed by Clarcor Inc, a Tennessee-based
filtration system company.
"We grieve with his family and continue to offer our support as they
mourn this unimaginable loss," the company said in a statement on
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Additional reporting by Sharon
Bernstein in Sacramento, Calif.; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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