Shock grips friends and relatives of Council Bluffs couple caught in Florida gunfire

Published: Jan. 7, 2017 at 11:02 PM CST
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The aftermath of Friday's horrific shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport continues to weigh heavily on the family of a Council Bluffs couple. Michael Oehme, 57, was among the five people killed in the incident. His wife, Kari, 52, was one of the six people injured.

Esteban Santiago is accused of firing apparently random shots into the crowd at the airport over the noon hour Friday.

Michael and Kari were at the airport preparing for a Caribbean cruise set to begin Saturday.

Michael's sister, Elizabeth Oehme-Miller, said Kari suffered a shoulder wound and is expected to recover.

WOWT 6 News spoke with a longtime associate of Kari's Saturday who also confirmed that she is recovering. Adam Angeroth, is Mrs. Oehme's hairdresser. He's been in touch with her and while he verified that Keri is recovering he said everyone's still in shock.

Adam met Kari eight years ago. He told us Saturday, "She just fills up the room." The long-running friendship even led to a nail color that Adam designed for her. "We were just calling it Kari's color," he said.

Angeroth said Michael and Kari went on cruises once a year and he said he had just done Kari's hair and nails days earlier as she prepared for their latest trip to sea.

Elizabeth said Michael and Kari were frequent travelers. She said another family member was flying to Ft. Lauderdale to help Kari with the return to Council Bluffs.

Kari Oehme is an employee of CommScope in Omaha. The company issued a statement Saturday reading, "CommScope is doing everything it can to assist the family, as well as CommScope employees, during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy goes out to everyone affected by this tragic event."