Justin Shults, American Missing After Brussels Attacks, Confirmed Dead But Wife Still Missing

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Brussels bombing victim Justin Shults with wife Stephanie.  Sheila Branam Shell/Facebook

Justin Shults, an American who was reported missing earlier this week after the terror attacks in Brussels, is dead, his brother confirmed on Saturday, March 26.

“We found out today that cowards took my brother’s life just weeks after his 30th birthday,” Levi Sutton wrote on Twitter. “I was blessed to have Justin as a big brother. 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 goals that most could only dream about. He traveled the world leaving each destination better than when he arrived.”

Shults and his wife, Stephanie, 29, moved to Belgium in 2014. They were dropping off her mom at Brussels Airport when the explosions went off. Stephanie is still unaccounted for, according to NBC News.

The couple, who both worked as accountants, were originally from the United States. Shults was from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Stephanie is from Lexington, Kentucky. New York City–based siblings Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski were also killed in the deadly attacks, it was confirmed on Friday, March 25.

Sutton continued on Twitter, “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.”

Earlier this week, ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly explosions at Brussels Airport and the Maalbeek metro station. At least 31 people were killed in the attacks, and more than 270 were injured.

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