A 29-year-old Los Angeles bank executive was one of three people killed by lightning in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, across the street from the White House.
The vice president of City National Bank, Brooks Lambertson, was doing business in the nation’s capital when he was struck by lightning on Thursday night. A Wisconsin couple celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary were also shocked.
According to a statement from the bank, Lambertson managed sponsorship for the bank for the past three years and previously worked in marketing for the Los Angeles Clippers.
He attended high school in Folsom, Northern California, before graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he majored in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sports Management.
“Brooks was an incredible young man who will be remembered for his generosity, kindness and unwavering positivity,” the bank statement said. “His sudden loss is devastating to all who knew him, and his family, friends and colleagues appreciate the thoughts and prayers that have come from across the country.”
Representatives from the Secret Service and the U.S. Park Police witnessed a lightning strike at about 7 p.m. Thursday at the park, which is just across Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House.
He administered first aid before taking the victims to the hospital. The White House issued a statement of condolences to the families of the victims.
The Wisconsin couple — James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75 — had five children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, according to their nieces.
Donna Muller was a retired teacher and her husband was a retired contractor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.