Justin and Stephanie Shults, Americans killed in Brussels, return to U.S. soil

Justin and Stephanie Shults Family Photo

The bodies of an American couple killed in the Brussels attacks have arrived back in Kentucky for burial.

Justin and Stephanie Shults — who moved to the Belgian capital in 2014 — were seeing off Stephanie’s mother at the city’s airport when two bombs detonated on March 22.

Image: Justin and Stephanie Shults are seen in this undated family photo
Justin and Stephanie Shults were an American couple living in Brussels, who were killed in the attacks on Mar. 22. Family Photo

While Stephanie’s mom survived the blast, her daughter and son-in-law were initially declared missing.

That sparked an agonizing quest for answers — at one point involving a false claim the pair had been found alive — but four days later the couple were declared dead.

Justin, a 30-year-old from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Stephanie, a 29-year-old from Lexington, Kentucky, both worked as accountants in Brussels.

Their remains arrived at Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport on Sunday, where they were given a police escort to a local funeral home, the family told NBC station WLEX on Monday.

Also in the convoy, according to WLEX, were members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a registered non-profit group of motorcyclists from across the nation whose mission statement is to attend the funerals of “fallen heroes,” typically servicemen and first responders, at the family’s invitation.

Funeral services for the couple will be held this weekend in Gatlinburg, although no service has yet been scheduled in Lexington where the couple will be buried, Stephanie’s aunt, Betty Newsom, told WLEX.

At least 32 people died and hundreds more were injured in the bombings at Brussels airport and a central metro station. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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