DC thunderbolt by the White House: third deceased victim identified


DC police have identified the third person killed by a lightning strike Thursday near the White House as Brooks A. Lambertson, 29, a bank clerk from Los Angeles who was in the nation’s capital on business.

A husband and wife from Wisconsin, who were visiting the district to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, were also killed, police said. A fourth person was seriously injured when the strike struck just before 7 p.m. Thursday, in a grove of trees in Lafayette Square, about 100 feet from a statue of President Andrew Jackson.

Lambertson died on Friday, according to police.

Four seriously injured after lightning strike near White House

Lambertson’s father, who asked that his name not be used as the family cries because “it’s not about us,” said in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday evening that his son was “probably the best human being I know”.

His son’s kindness, generosity and humility “showed through in everything he did, in all his interactions with people,” he said.

Lambertson’s family and his employer, City National Bank, said in a statement Saturday that he was in DC for his job as vice president managing corporate sponsorships. Lambertson, who lived in downtown Los Angeles, previously worked in marketing for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, according to the statement.

Police provided few other details about Lambertson or additional information about Saturday’s incident.

In a phone call, Lambertson’s father expressed his gratitude to all first responders and those who tried to help his son. They did everything that could be done, he said, and his son’s death “was not the fault of everyone doing their job”.

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“His sudden loss is devastating to all who knew him, and his family, friends and colleagues appreciate the thoughts and prayers that have poured in from across the country,” the statement from Lambertson’s family and employer read. .

A DC police spokeswoman said Saturday night that the department did not have an update on the condition of the fourth victim, who was hospitalized after the strike.

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