Couple with Nashville ties confirmed dead in Brussels attack



An American couple – who have ties to Nashville – that was reported missing in Brussels in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attack are dead, according to their employers.

On Saturday, 30-year-old Justin Shults’ employer, Clarcor, released the following statement after learning about his death:

"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."

Soon after Clarcor said Justin is dead, Stephanie's employer, Mars, inc., released the following statement on Facebook confirming that she was also killed in the Brussels attack:

“Today we learned from Stephanie Shults' 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.”

Levi Sutton, Shults' half-brother, tweeted Saturday that Stephanie's car was found at the airport. 

"We found out today that cowards took my brother's life just weeks after his 30th birthday," Sutton tweeted. "He was smart and kind and generous. I never met a single person that didn't like him. He worked hard his whole life and achieved his goals that most could only dream about. He traveled the world leaving each destination better than when he arrived. 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. Please pray for my mom."

FOX13's Good Morning Memphis will continue to follow the latest about Tuesday's Brussels attack, starting at 6 a.m.