NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller has praised two agents who died while training off the Virginia Beach coast for their "true and unerring valor."
The agency said Special Agents Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen P. Shaw fell to their deaths Friday when a helicopter ran into trouble during a "maritime counterterrorism exercise" that also involved a ship.
The FBI reported on its website that a private memorial service was held Tuesday for the agents at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial Chapel at Quantico.
The 41-year-old Lorek was a native of Maywood, Ill., who joined the FBI in a professional support role in 1996 and became an agent two years later.
The 40-year-old Shaw was a native of Santa Paula, Calif., who entered the FBI in 2005. Both were married fathers of two.