A 62-year-old man with local ties was one of five people killed in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Action News has learned.
According to his Facebook page, Terry Andres was raised in Millville, New Jersey, and graduated from Millville Senior High School.
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.
They couple would have celebrated their birthdays during the two-week trip.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
South Jersey native among 5 killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting