News World The victims of the senseless Florida airport shooting
Updated:

The victims of the senseless Florida airport shooting

Fort Lauderdale Florida airport shooting victims
Shooting victims Michael Oehme, Terry Andres and Olga Woltering.
Share
Twitter Facebook Reddit Pinterest Email

An 84-year-old great grandmother, a volunteer fireman, an ”amazing” dad and a woman about to celebrate her 51st wedding anniversary.

All four were at Fort Lauderdale Airport to make their way to cruise ship vacation.

But all four were among the five people killed when a gunman went on a random shooting spree at the airport terminal over the weekend.

Authorities say another three victims were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds are in intensive care.

Eyewitnesses described a horrific scene in which the gunman, Iraq war veteran Esteban Santiago, emerged from a bathroom and randomly executed people waiting for their luggage by shooting them in the head, with “no rhyme nor reason to it,” according to NBC News.

He fired through luggage and at people who were hiding.

Terry Andres, was a shipyard technician and a volunteer fireman from Virginia, who was heading off on a 16-day cruise with his wife, Ann, about to celebrate his 63rd birthday.

His daughter, Ryan Kim, told the Palm Beach Post that Mr Andres was shot multiple times while fetching a luggage cart. Ann was unhurt.

Fort Lauderdale shooting victims
Terry Andres and wife Ann

Ms Kim said her parents had texted her to say they had arrived safely at Fort Lauderdale, but when she heard news of the shooting she rang her mother, who was crying.

“I said, ‘Put Dad on the phone. Put dad on the phone,’ ” Ms Kim said.

“She said, ‘I can’t.’”

Ms Kim asked why.

“She said, ‘Because he’s been shot.’”

She was still struggling to come to terms with the fact her father’s life had been ended so abruptly, adding: “They hadn’t been on a vacation like this before.”

“I know that everyone always says that people are the greatest in the world, but he was the greatest person you could know,” she said. “He never had a horrible word to say about anyone or anything.”

Olga Woltering, 84, was a great grandmother from Georgia who was about to embark on a cruise to celebrate husband Ralph’s 90th birthday.

Her family put out a statement asking for privacy in their time of grief, calling Olga “the cornerstone of our family.”

“While she’s absent in our lives now, she remains in our hearts, thoughts, and memories for ever,” they wrote. “Her bright smile and loving manner will be missed by all who had the fortune to know her.”

Fort Lauderdale shooting victims
Olga and Ralph Woltering with their grandsons.

The pastor at her church, Fr. Fernando Molina-Restrepo, described her  as “one of the most joyful, loving, caring and committed people I have ever met”.

The Wolterings were originally from England and had been married for more than 60 years.

Michael Oehme, 57, was a surveyor from Iowa, also about to embark on a cruise with wife, Kari. She was shot in the shoulder but but is expected to recover,

They were regular travellers, and with their daughter, Andrea, 28, formed a tight family of three. One of Andrea Oehme’s Facebook updates reads, “Family is everything.”

Fort Lauderdale shooting victims
Michael Oehme with the family dog.

On Father’s Day, she posted, “Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing man I’ve ever met … MY DAD!!! Love you to the moon and back Daddy.”

In a photo from last February, she posed with her mother, wishing a happy birthday “to my best friend and the best mom ever!! I’m so lucky to have you in my life.”

Shirley Timmons, from Ohio, was due to celebrate her 51st wedding anniversary at the end of this month with her husband, Steve.

Like many others, they were at Fort Lauderdale airport – a hub for vacationers headed to the nearby Port Everglades – to prepare for a cruise ship holiday with other family members.

Her grandson Steve Reineccius confirmed via Facebook that the 70 years old were both shot. Shirley was killed, her husband underwent emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to the head and was in critical condition.

A family spokesman said, “Steve and Shirley raised an amazing family, three amazing girls. Their family was everything to them.”

 

Comments
View Comments