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David Everette was a 39-year-old father of two (with a child on the way), a 1996 graduate of Lee County High School and a huge fan of Duke basketball.

Everette died Tuesday night, struck by lightning while trying to take cover as a strong storm rolled through the city between 7 and 7:30 p.m. According to Sanford Police, Everette was near a tree at the corner of Vance and Crestview streets — on his way to a nearby convenience store — when he was struck.

According to WRAL, Everette was found lying face down under the tree at 1025 S. Vance Street, by Harmon Cochrane, who notified police. “[I heard] two big booms, and I just took for granted that the lightning hit something,” Cochrane told WRAL. “I never thought it was going to be an individual. Never did.”

Everette’s is the second death contributed to lightning strike in North Carolina this year and the seventh in the U.S.


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