- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A man who ran to help an Iowa couple during the deadly Florida airport shooting this month attended the funeral for the man who was killed.

Mark Lea of Elk River, Minnesota, flew to Council Bluffs, Iowa to attend Wednesday’s funeral service for 57-year-old Mike Oehme, The Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2jsUx4i ) reported.

Lea says he found Oehme and his wife, Kari, while trying to aid the shooting victims at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6. Both had been shot. Kari is currently recovering from her wounds.

Lea says he was tending to Kari when he noticed Mike Oehme nearby with a head wound. Lea said he stayed with Kari until emergency medical personnel arrived.

“There’s a lot of different reasons that I’m here today,” Lea, said. “I want to help the family get through this, but I am also looking for closure for myself.”

Lea and his wife, also named Kari, were at the airport to head out on a weeklong Caribbean cruise to celebrate their first wedding anniversary when the shooting happened. The Oehmes were also going to a cruise that day.

“I feel like I was meant to be there,” Lea said, “doing what I could to help people.”

Lea had asked to be kept informed about her Kari Oehme’s condition and her husband’s funeral plans. Lea learned from the Oehmes’ daughter that the family maintained a cabin near Brainerd, Minnesota, for the past 93 years, and the couple drove through the Leas’ suburb of Elk River to get to the cabin.

Oehme was one of five people killed in the baggage claim area of the airport, when Esteban Santiago reportedly opened fire. Esteban has been ordered held without bond. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for Jan. 30.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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