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The two dead were an elderly couple who came to Washington to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.
On August 4, lightning struck a tree in front of the White House in the US capital, Washington. According to The New York Post, as a result, three people died and another was injured.
The tragic incident occurred around 19 pm in Lafayette Park, which is adjacent to the White House complex. According to information from the local police department, the first victims of lightning were the spouses James Mueller (76) and Donna Muller (75) from Janesville, Wisconsin, who died on the spot.
On Friday, August 5, it became known about the death of a 29-year-old man, another woman is in hospital in critical condition – their identities have not been released.
Secret Service and local police officers witnessed the lightning strike and rushed to the scene to provide first aid to the victims. According to the representative of the fire brigade Vito Maggiolo, they called an ambulance, which soon arrived and took all the victims to the hospital with critical life-threatening injuries.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after a lightning strike in Lafayette Park. Our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre commented on the situation.
As niece Michelle Macnett said, the Mullerys came to Washington to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, why they chose this particular place is unknown. The couple is survived by five children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Donna worked as a teacher, and after her retirement she got a job in a furniture store. Her husband is also retired and used to run his own drywall business.
“They were a very loving couple,” Michelle Macnett told reporters. — “They were very family. I think that everyone is now just in shock and demand privacy. Both were believers and were ready to give their own shirt to help someone.”
They also wrote that scientists explained phenomenon of red lightning called sprites. They occur during severe thunderstorms in the upper layers and stretch for tens of kilometers in length and width.