Two FBI Agents Killed in Training Accident off Virginia Beach

05/21/2013 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley // (press release)

Virginia Beach, Va — A training exercise gone wrong has left two elite FBI agents dead on Friday, May 17, 2013 off the coast of Virginia Beach. The accident occurred aboard a Navy Military Sealift Command Ship, which the FBI leases from the Navy, the New York Daily News reported.

According to officials, Veteran Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw were killed during an exercise that involved a helicopter. The nature of the accident and what occurred have not been released.

Lorek and Shaw were reportedly members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team based in Quantico, Va.

Lorek, 41, is survived by his wife and daughters, who are 11 and 8 years old. He joined the FBI in 1996.

Shaw, 40, is survived by his wife and two children, a daughter, 3, and son, 1. He joined the FBI in 2005.

“We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said in a news release Sunday. “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 cause of death has not been released and investigations are ongoing.

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