Couple killed in lightning strike identified
A family is in disbelief after two of their older members died after being struck by lightning. Michelle McNett of Janesville the niece of James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, said they were a loving couple and that the family is in shock and requesting privacy. McNett added that she’s not sure why the couple chose the nation’s capital for their vacation but said “Donna was a constant learner.”
She also shared that the couple loved having gatherings and just had a big family gathering a couple of weeks ago. McNett said "Jim", was a retired contractor who operated his own drywall business and Donna was a retired teacher who worked at a local furniture store, the Comfort Shoppe. According to the niece, both of them were very religious and would give you the shirt off of their backs.
News outlets don't have many details of what took place
Metropolitan police said the husband and wife from Janesville, Wisconsin were celebrating 56 years of marriage and were killed in a lightning strike near the White House. A third victim, a 29-year-old male was pronounced dead Friday evening, and the fourth person a woman is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries but their names have not been released.
Officers with the U.S. Park Service and the Secret Service witnessed the lightning strike Thursday night and immediately rendered first aid. Emergency medical crews were called to the scene just before 7 p.m. and transported all of the victims to the hospital with “critical, life-threatening injures,” fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said. Authorities did not reveal specifics of how the people were injured, other than to say they were all in critical condition in the lightning strike.
Mcnett went on to say the Muellers had five children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren and they would "do anything for you, both of them.”