Vanderbilt grads confirmed dead in Brussels

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The American couple reported missing in Brussels in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attacks are dead.

Justin and Stephanie Shults' employers confirmed their deaths Saturday.

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."

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Shortly after, Stephanie Shults' employer Mars Inc. released the following statement on Facebook:

"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."

Today we learned from Stephanie Shults' family that she and her husband, Justin, were among those killed in the attack...

Posted by Mars, Incorporated on Saturday, March 26, 2016

Vanderbilt University, where the couple met, released this 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."

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."