Lightning strikes near White House, 3 dead, 1 injured

Authorities did not disclose how people were injured

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WASHINGTON — A Wisconsin husband and wife celebrating more than 50 years of marriage were killed by lightning outside the White House. A third victim was pronounced dead Friday night, and another of hers is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

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James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Janesville, Wisconsin, died of injuries after lightning struck Thursday in Lafayette Park, just outside the White House complex, London. Police announced on Friday.

The third victim, a 29-year-old adult male, was pronounced dead on Friday. A fourth woman is in critical condition, police said. Their identities were not immediately revealed.

Officials did not disclose how the people were injured, other than saying they were severely injured in a lightning strike.

According to Janesville’s niece Michelle McNett, the Muellers were in Washington DC to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.

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“They were such a loving couple,” McNett told the Wisconsin State Journal. think.”

The couple had five children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donna Mueller is a teacher who retired to work at her local furniture store, the Comfort Shoppe. Jim, 76, was a retired contractor who ran a drywall business.

McNett said she didn’t know why the couple chose the country’s capital for vacation, but added, “Donna was always studying.”

According to my niece, the husband and wife love to have get-togethers, and a few weeks ago we had a large family get-together.

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“They were very religious,” she said. “People who take their shirts off their backs to do things for you. Both of them.”

Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers witnessed a lightning strike Thursday night and rushed in to provide first aid, officials said. Paramedics were called to the scene and all victims with “life-threatening injuries” were transported to hospital.

White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said: “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones. Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones. I am praying for those who are still fighting for their lives.”

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Lightning strikes near White House, 3 dead, 1 injured

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