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2 FBI agents killed in Virginia Beach hostage rescue exercise

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM   |   Comments

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May 19 (UPI) -- Special agents Christopher Lorek, 41, and Stephen Shaw, 40, died Friday during a hostage rescue exercise off the coast of Virginia, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Both men were part of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team based out of Quantico, Va. According to a Navy rep, the accident occurred aboard the Navy's Military Sealift Command ship, which the FBI had leased for the training.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller issued a statement in response to their deaths:

We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men. Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe. Our hearts are with their wives, children, and other loved ones who feel their loss most deeply. And they will always be part of the FBI family.

The Norfolk Medial Examiner's Office told WAVY-TV that there would be no details about the agents' cause of death until Monday.

Lorek is survived by a wife and two daughters. Shaw is survived by his wife, daughter and son.

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