Communities across Kentucky and Tennesseeare reeling from the news that two young natives were among those killed in the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week.
Stephanie and Justin Shults were confirmed dead Saturday, ending their families' agonizing international search for the young couple living abroad.
Vanderbilt University, where the couple met while attending the Owen Graduate School of Management, issued a statement that said the "bright young couple chose, in the spirit of discovery, to become global citizens in order to grow, to learn and to broaden their perspective."
"They represented the very best of Vanderbilt and Owen," the University wrote.
President Barack Obama called their parents to share a similar message, that the couple epitomized all that is great about America.
Justin Shults was originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, Stephanie, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky.