Young Cross Country Runner Struck by Lightning in Florida Park

Young Cross Country Runner Struck by Lightning in Florida Park
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A recent high school grad­u­ate and promis­ing Divi­sion 1 cross coun­try run­ner, Ethan Lawrence, trag­i­cal­ly lost his life after being struck by light­ning in Davie, Flori­da. The 19-year-old was found unre­spon­sive at Vista View Park on Sun­day, July 0th, dur­ing a severe storm.

The park had been closed due to dan­ger­ous weath­er con­di­tions, but Lawrence appar­ent­ly entered the grounds while the storm raged. Emer­gency ser­vices respond­ed to a 911 call and pro­nounced Lawrence dead at the scene.

Ethan’s heart­bro­ken father, Patrick Lawrence, shared the news on Face­book. “My heart is shat­tered,” he wrote. “Ethan was out doing what he loved to run, and a light­ning strike took him from us at Vista View Park. Please keep our fam­i­ly in your prayers. We’ll for­ev­er cher­ish his amaz­ing 19 years and the incred­i­ble young man he was.”

Trib­utes poured in for the tal­ent­ed young ath­lete. Sarah Ram­sey Per­ry, a friend of the fam­i­ly, described Ethan as “a beau­ti­ful, intel­li­gent, ath­let­ic, and sim­ply won­der­ful young man” who trag­i­cal­ly passed away while pur­su­ing his pas­sion. She offered her deep­est con­do­lences to Ethan’s moth­er, Lour­des, dur­ing this unimag­in­able time of grief.

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