American couple confirmed dead in Brussels attacks

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BRUSSELS (AP) — A missing American couple have been identified as victims of the attack at the Brussels airport, according to their employers.

Justin Shults, 30, and his wife Stephanie Shults, had not been seen since Tuesday.

Her employer Mars, Inc., said in a Facebook post Saturday evening that her family had confirmed that she and her husband died in the bombings at the Brussels airport. Justin Shults' employer, Clarcor, had confirmed earlier Saturday that he died in the attack.

Shults, originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, a Lexington, Kentucky, native, graduated together from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. A family member says they were dropping Stephanie's mother off at the airport and were watching her walk through security when the bombs went off.

Shults' brother, Levi Sutton, wrote on social media Saturday that his brother "traveled the world, leaving each destination better than when he arrived."

Belgium's interior minister says the Belgian government has invested 600 million euros ($670 million) into police and security services over the past two years but decades of neglect is hard to overcome.

Minister Jan Jambon said errors were made in the run-up to the March 22 Brussels attacks that killed at least 28 people and wounded 270 others and that fresh investments won't pay dividends overnight.

14 people were killed at at the airport and 14 at the metro station. Three suicide attackers also killed themselves.

Meanwhile, organizers have postponed a solidarity march today in Brussels in deference to overburdened security services.

They were responding to suggestions from the government that they wait.

And Belgian prosecutors announced they have charged three men with terror offenses over the suicide attacks on the Brussels airport and subway. A doctor who had served in Afghanistan said he and his colleagues have been shocked by the extreme burns suffered by some of the wounded.

Federal prosecutors say one suspect is allegedly one of the men seen on airport video.

Messages of sadness, solidarity and grief left for victims of the bomb attack at the Maelbeek subway station are being collected for storage in the Belgian capital's archives.

The messages are being laid Sunday on kitchen paper to dry after overnight rain and carefully stacked for transport. Those that can't be taken for safe keeping are photographed.

Head archivist Frederic Boquet says "we are trying to collect as many documents we can find and they will be preserved at the Brussels Archives."

Catholic priest Philippe Sandstrom says "archives are always important for life, and for the future."

Marina Queralt, who often walks with her dog by the Maelbeek metro station that was hit by a suicide bomber, says the public response to the attacks has been very spontaneous and focused on peace.

She said "every morning, every afternoon, it was packed with people who wanted just one thing: that people stop killing each other."


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