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11-year-old boy struck by lightning dies

3:33 PM, Oct 7, 2012   |    comments
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - An 11-year-old boy has died after being struck by lightning at football practice.

Jesse Watlington was struck Wednesday at Southwest Florida Christian Academy.

Jesse's father, Chuck Watlington, posted on Facebook Sunday, "Our precious little son Jesse is now with our Lord and Saviour Jesus. We would like to thank the thousands of you for all your love, support, and prayers! Jesse has touched the lives of literally thousands of people around the world. Thank you all!"

McGregor Baptist Church is coordinating a special fund to help the family with medical expenses.

The News-Press reports all extracurricular activities at the school have been canceled through the weekend. School officials want to make sure students are psychologically prepared when they return to the field where Watlington was struck. 

 

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