ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - In the aftermath of Friday’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, friends and families of the victims are struggling to come to terms with what happened. Many of the people killed or injured in the violence were travelling with their spouses and were in Florida for vacation.
Terry Andres and his wife Ann were two of the people caught in the crossfire at the terminal. Ann was unharmed but Terry was one of the five people who was fatally shot. Terry’s uncle Richard was following news of the shooting at his home in New Jersey when Ann called him to tell him the bad news.
"I can't imagine her being there through all this. And the kids, I can't imagine what's going to happen," Richard Andres told reporters.
Also killed in the shooting was Michael Oehme. He too was travelling with his wife Kari, bound for a Carribean cruise. Michael was fatally shot and Kari was wounded in the gunfire.
“"It's been kind of a struggle,” said Adam Angeroth, a friend of the Oehmes. “But you got to work your way through it because you know she's the one that's really fighting for it."
Olga Wolterling and her husband Ralph had travelled to Fort Lauderdale that Friday to celebrate his 90th birthday. Tragically, Olga was also one of the five people killed in the shooting.
The couple attended a Catholic church together in Georgia, where Olga is being remembered by the Deacon as "a beacon of hope"
"They were the most lovely couple south of the Mason Dixon line," said Bruce Publicover, deacon at Catholic Church of the Transfiguration. "Truly in love, beautiful couple."