Third victim of lightning strike near White House dies

In an unfortunate update to a sad story out of the nation’s capital, a third person has reportedly died following a lightning strike that occurred near the White House last week, as the Daily Wire reports.

The devastating natural event in Lafayette Park – just across the street from the White House – had already claimed the lives of a husband and wife in their 70s, and it was reported on Friday that a 29-year-old man had since died of his injuries.

Deadly lightning kills 3

As Fox 5 in Washington noted, officers from the U.S. Park Police as well as the U.S. Secret Service witnessed the Thursday lightning strike as soon as it hit at the park, which is situated on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and swiftly contacted the Metropolitan Police Department as well as the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

After receiving the call at approximately 6:52 p.m. that evening, first responders indicated that there were two men and two women in an unconscious state on the scene.

Emergency services personnel administered CPR and live-saving efforts were made with the help of an automated external defibrillator, but it was not long before James Mueller, 76 and his wife, Donna Mueller, 75, both of Wisconsin, were pronounced dead, according to the Associated Press.

The aforementioned 29-year-old victim, who died on Friday, was not identified, and neither was the fourth victim taken from the scene, reported to be a woman who remains in critical condition.

Family, friends mourn victims

As Fox 5 further noted, the Muellers – of Janesville, Wisconsin – were high school sweethearts who had ventured to the nation’s capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.

The spouses were said to be semi-retired, with Jim owning a drywall business and former teacher Donna working at a local furniture store.

Michelle McNett, one of the couple’s nieces, explained to the AP that her aunt and uncle were “a very loving couple” and “very, very family oriented,” taking great joy in their five children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

“They were very religious,” McNett added, calling the Muellers “the kind of people who would give the shirt off their back to do anything for you, both of them.”

Spinning a tragedy

In the vein of never letting a crisis go to waste when it comes to furthering a liberal agenda, mainstream media outlet Reuters reported on the deadly event by suggesting that “scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States,” and stating that the tragic event “offers climate warning,” a claim which drew immediate backlash on social media.

Mercifully having the good taste – for once – to leave partisan strategy out of official remarks, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said simply, “We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park. Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives,” a tally which unfortunately now stands at just one.

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