FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. – At least four of the five people killed in the Fort Lauderdale airport shoot were on a holiday, under the guidance of cruises that promised sun, beach and fun. They were collecting the luggage when a gunman opened fired in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the airport is a hub for cruisers the way to Port Everglades.
An official list of victims was not released by Saturday afternoon. But the family and friends of some of the victims confirmed the identity, and shared their stories.
Tragedy struck an Ohio family as Shirley Timmons was killed and her husband seriously injured during the airport attack.
The couple had flown to Fort Lauderdale on Friday to join in with the rest of their family for a cruise, WILE-FM (http://bit.ly/2iODNWI) have been reported.
Timmons, the grandson of Steve Reineccius confirmed via Facebook that his grandmother was one of the victims, and that his grandfather, Steve Timmons was injured. They were both 70 years old.
Timmons was shot in the head and underwent emergency surgery in a Fort Lauderdale hospital, where he was in critical condition, the station reported.
The pair of the 51st anniversary of the wedding was in three weeks. They are of Senecaville, about 90 miles east of Columbus.
Terry Andres and his wife, Ann, flew to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise in the Caribbean, one of many they would together the course of the years. Because they are fun to travel, they had booked for a second trip immediately after the cruise, a week in Cancun, Mexico.
The night before they get out of their Virginia Beach home, the couple offered their generator to the neighbors as a snowstorm bore down on the region. After hearing about the shooting, the friend of Jessica Winbauer a text message from the couple.
“She sent me a text back about an hour and a half later say,” call me,” Jessica Winbauer told The Associated Press, holding back the tears.
That is when Ann Andres broke the news: her husband was one of the five victims.
“She was only sitting in a car where she had shaken her, I think,” Winbauer said. “It was horrible.”
Terry Andres’ death shocked the close-knit community just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Neighbors visited with each other to share, the news or a rare call in to fill in people who were moved.
“It’s like a church back here,” said Winbauer, whose son is the Andres’ godchild. “Everyone has the keys to everyone’s house. Everyone is connected to each other.”
Terry Andres worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard near Portsmouth, neighbors said. He loved to golf and play tennis. And he was the man who lent his tools to the neighbors and did their own crown molding in his house, said neighbor Mark Lottinville.
They couple would have celebrated their birthdays during the two-week trip.
The parishioners at the Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Cobb County, Georgia, think Olga Woltering as “the life of the party.”
“She was always a bright spirit,” Ron Schaefer said. “We would see her in the church, and it was always a pleasure to see her smiling face and say hello to her.”
On Saturday, members of the church who recalled the octogenarian light smile spread the news of her death. Parishioners, said she was in her 80s, but no exact age was given.
She and her husband had been an active part of their congregation since 1978.
On Saturday evening is the Mass, Father Fernando Molina-Restrepo spoke of the evil, that there are some people who walk in the darkness, “to the pain and the clouds of grief in our world.”
“We saw an example of this yesterday at the Fort Lauderdale airport,” he said.
Woltering and her husband flew to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise, parishioners said. Friends said she was originally from England. Ralph Woltering served in the U.S. air force, parishioner Alvin said Connolly.
“From what I understand, their sons are now in Florida with her husband now,” said Connolly.
The couple lived in a retirement community.
“She and her husband were kind of the life of the party,” said Connolly. “She would go to a dance, and they would be the last on the floor.
“You look at them and says,” Man, I hope that I can do everything what they are doing when I was that age,'” said Connolly.
Woltering was active in the auxiliary ladies of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable organization affiliated with her church, said Roger Salvation, the grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus group. Her husband was involved in the Knights of Columbus, he said.
Michael Oehme was a frequent traveler who likes to cruise with his wife, and the couple was about to head out on the sea again, his sister told The Associated Press on Saturday.
“They had to leave today,” Elizabeth Oehme-Miller, 52, said by phone from Council Bluffs, Iowa, the couple place of residence. “They were happy that we are on a different journey.”
Oehme, 57, was a surveyor and owned his own company, Boundaryline Surveys, his sister said.
His wife, Kari Oehme, is in the hospital with injuries from a gunshot wound to the shoulder and is expected to recover, her sister-in-law said. Kari Oehme is an administrative assistant at a local office, Oehme-Miller said.
She said that she learned that the couple was at the airport during the shooting via a text message from her daughter.
“I still can’t believe that it’s true,” Oehme-Miller said. “It is not affected. I’m a little in shock right now.”
Jeff Martin reported from Marietta, Georgia; David Pitt from Des Moines, Iowa; and Ben Finley of Virginia Beach.
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