Beloved great grandmother died in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

BSO: gunman killed 5, wounded 6 during shooting that sent thousands into panic

MIAMI – Olga Woltering and her husband Ralph Woltering were on their way to a cruise when authorities said a war veteran started shooting his semi-automatic 9 mm handgun indiscriminately at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. 

Olga Woltering, a beloved great grandmother from Marietta, was among the five who died of gunshot wounds at the FLL airport's baggage claim area in Terminal 2 on Friday afternoon. The members of the Transfiguration Catholic church in Georgia were mourning the loss on social media. 

Jerry de Varennes described Woltering as "a very loving and caring woman." He also asked for prayers to lift up "a crazy and cruel world."

Woltering was born in England. Her husband, Ralph Woltering, was celebrating his 90th birthday.   

FBI agent George L. Piro, who is in charge of the FBI Miami field office, said on Saturday morning that agents had identified the five victims, but were in the process of notifying all of their families.

Local 10 News' Peggy Phillips contributed to this story.  

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