BRUSSELS (MEDIA GENERAL) – At least 31 people have died and 270 people were injured in the terror attacks in Brussels Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Those killed, injured and still missing are now starting to be identified.
Forensic workers have not had an easy time identifying the people killed due to the severity of the injuries and doctors treating the victims called the scale of the injuries “shocking” and said the death toll is likely to increase.
As we begin to piece together the personal stories of those at the heart of the attacks, we’re hearing tales of heartbreak, confusion and people still left wondering.
Siblings Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski were at the airport heading home to New York when the bombs went off. According to CNN, they were on the phone with their mother who heard glass shattering just before the line went dead.
Alex was suppose to fly back to New York with his sister and then head to North Carolina with his fiance Cameron Cain for a friends wedding. On Friday, March 25, 2016, the family confirmed the brother and sister had been killed.
Bart Migom, 21-year-old Belgium national, was on his way to the airport for a flight to Atlanta, Georgia to visit his girlfriend, Emily Eisenman, according to CNN. He sent her a text from the train telling her he would text her again later with a picture of his boarding pass. That was the last time she heard from him.
Missing married couple
Carolyn Moore was on her way back home to Kentucky after visiting her daughter Stephanie Shults and son in law Justin Shults in Brussels. She had just said goodbye to them at the terminal and was going through security when the blasts went off. She was not injured, but Stephanie and Justin are still missing.
On Wednesday the family got their hopes raised after they received a call from the State Department that the couple had been found in a hospital. Justin’s brother, Levi Sutton, shared the news on Twitter.
Two hours later, a social worker in Belgium called the family and told them the information they were given was wrong and the couple was still missing.
Basketball player injured
Sebastien Bellin, a Belgian national, who played college basketball at Oakland University in Michigan told his family he was shot before the explosion at the airport.
Sebastien Bellin remained in a Brussels hospital as of Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Family members told WOOD TV he was in good spirits and staying positive.
NBC News reports that several witnesses heard gunshots before the bombs were detonated. Bellin’s family said he told them he was shot in the buttocks and knocked to the ground, which he said likely saved his life.
In addition to the bullet still lodged in his body, Bellin has a compound fracture in his leg and a left femur fracture, doctors say. He’ll have to undergo at least one more surgery, but is expected to fully recover — though it could be a long process.
Bellin played professional basketball in Belgium for years before he and his family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan last summer to be closer to her family. He works for a media company now and was in Brussels on business.
Karen Northshield, an American personal trainer living and working in Belgium was at the airport on her way home for Easter at the time of the attacks. She is currently in intensive care.
Three Missionaries from Utah were injured in the blasts at the airport. Mason Wells suffered a severed Achilles tendon, a head gash, shrapnel injuries and severe burns. Joseph Empey received treatment for second-degree burns to his hands, face and head. Richard Norby was placed in a medically induced coma as he recovers from serious injuries.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.