Va. firefighter among Fla. airport shooting victims

Terry Andres, 62, was traveling with his wife on vacation when he was shot

By Susannah Bryan and Michael Holtzclaw
Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Terry Andres was planning to sail away on a cruise when he flew into the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with his wife.

Instead, he was one of five travelers mortally wounded by gunfire Friday while waiting to pick up his luggage.

The grandfather from Virginia Beach, Va., was 62.

Andres was planning to celebrate his 63rd birthday later this month, his daughter told Virginia broadcaster WAVY-TV.

He was shot multiple times, WAVY-TV reported, but his wife of 40 years was not hurt.

Andres and wife Ann, a travel agent, had a love for traveling and especially enjoyed cruises, a family friend said. He also traveled for work, making frequent trips to Charleston, S.C.

The couple has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Andres was an avid golfer and tennis player often seen on the courts at the Cape Henry Raquet Club in Virginia Beach, said Beth Gregory, a manager there.

Andres played with great enthusiasm, she said.

"He loved the camaraderie with all the men out there," Gregory said through tears Saturday. "He traveled a lot for work, but whenever he was in town he would be calling to get a game set up. He had a group of guys he would play with, and they all thought the world of him. Terry was such a good man, such a good family man."

Andres also worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and had volunteered with the local fire department since 2004, working as a support technician for the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department in Virginia Beach."He was well liked and respected for both his dedication to being a volunteer as well as his professional approach to his job as a support tech," the fire department said in a statement. "We mourn his passing as we do all the victims of the senseless attack in Fort Lauderdale."


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