Here’s what we know so far about the victims of Friday’s attack. At least four of the five were on vacation, headed for cruises at Port Everglades. They were collecting their luggage when Santiago opened fired in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the airport.
Terry Andres and his wife, Ann, flew to Fort Lauderdale for a Caribbean cruise, one of many they’d taken together over the years. Because they loved to travel, they’d booked a second trip immediately following the cruise, a week in Cancun, Mexico.
The night before they left their Virginia Beach home, the couple offered their generator to neighbors as a snowstorm bore down on the region. After hearing about the shooting, friend Jessica Winbauer texted the couple.
“She texted me back about an hour and a half later saying ‘Please call me,'” Jessica Winbauer told The Associated Press, holding back tears.
That’s when Ann Andres broke the news: her husband was one of the five victims.
“She was alone sitting in a car where they had shuffled her, I guess,” Winbauer said. “It was horrible.”
Terry Andres’ death shocked the close-knit community just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Neighbors visited with one another to share the news or made the rare phone call to fill-in people who had moved away.
“It’s like a commune back here,” said Winbauer, whose son is the Andres’ godchild. “Everyone has keys to everybody’s house. Everyone is connected.”
Terry Andres worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in nearby Portsmouth, neighbors said. He liked to golf and play tennis. And he was the guy who loaned out his tools to neighbors and did his own crown molding in his house, said neighbor Mark Lottinville.
The couple would have celebrated their birthdays during the two-week trip.
At Saturday evening’s Mass, Father Fernando Molina-Restrepo spoke of evil, saying there are some people walking in darkness, “bringing pain and clouds of sadness into 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 had served in the U.S. Air Force, parishioner Alvin Connolly said.
“From what I understand, their sons are in Florida with her husband right now,” Connolly said.
The couple lived in a retirement community.
“She and her husband were kind of the life of the party,” Connolly said. “They’d go to a dance, and they’d be the last ones on the floor.
“You look at them and say, ‘Man I hope I can do everything they do when I’m that age,’” Connolly said.
Woltering was active in the ladies auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charity affiliated with her church, said Roger Heil, the grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus group. Her husband was involved in the Knights of Columbus, he said.
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His wife, Kari Oehme, is hospitalized with injuries from a gunshot wound to the shoulder and is expected to recover, her sister-in-law said. Kari Oehme is a clerical worker at a local office, Oehme-Miller said.
She said she learned that the couple was at the airport during the shooting through a text message from her daughter.
“I still can’t believe it’s true,” Oehme-Miller said. “It hasn’t hit yet. I’m kind of in shock right now.”