A State Department official confirms that two more Americans have been identified as killed in the attacks in Brussels, bringing to four the total number of U.S. citizens confirmed as victims.
An official confirmed the deaths on grounds of anonymity Sunday night because this person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The official did not disclose the identities of the victims “out of respect for the families in this difficult time.”
Officials have said previously that at least a dozen Americans were injured in the attacks last Tuesday.
Earlier Sunday, the White House said that President Barack Obama had telephoned the parents of an American couple identified as among the dead in the attacks.
The White House said Obama offered his condolences and praised Justin and Stephanie Shults as epitomizing all that was good about America.
Justin Shults was originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, Stephanie, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky. They graduated together from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. A family member says they were dropping Stephanie’s mother off at the Brussels airport and were watching her walk through security when the bombs went off.