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Couple with Kentucky ties missing in Brussels confirmed dead, family says

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A couple with Kentucky ties missing in Brussels since last week's ISIS bombing has been confirmed dead.

Stephanie and Justin Shults have been missing in Belgium since Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Justin's brother tweeted this Saturday afternoon:

Justin was killed when coordinated ISIS terrorists detonated bombs at the Brussels airport and a subway station, his mother, Sheila Shell, said in a statement.

"We have been notified by officials today that Sheila's son, Justin Shults, died as a result of the bombings at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22,” she and her husband Jon Shell said.

Shults and his wife Stephanie, 29, were dropping off Stephanie’s mother, Carolyn Moore at the airport when the attacks occurred.

Stephanie's employer, Mars, Incorporated, put the following statement on Facebook just after 7 p.m. Saturday:

Today we learned from Stephanie’s family that she and her husband, Justin, were among those killed in the attack on the Brussels airport. 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.

Justin's brother confirmed Stephanie's death on Twitter on Saturday night as well.

Brussels prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch told The Associated Press Saturday that 24 of the 31 people killed in the attacks have now been identified.

He said 11 of them were foreigners. One was former Belgian ambassador to the United States, Andre Adam.

Of the 270 wounded, 93 are being treated at a Brussels military hospital. A doctor there says Saturday that 15 people are in a serious burns unit, five of them in intensive care.

Shults was originally from Gatlinburg, Tenn. His wife was from Lexington, Kentucky. They both graduated from Vanderbilt University.

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