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Girl Dies After Being Struck by Lightning

Posted July 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A family in Fayetteville is mourning the loss of 15-year-old Allison Lee who was struck by lightning in a storm last Thursday night at New Hope Baptist Church. She was in critical condition last Saturday morning and was showing signs of recovery, but died Tuesday.

Lee was playing softball at the church when a lightning bolt hit. She was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground. Witnesses say that her heartbeat stopped, and that's when two people began CPR. Medics arrived minutes later and revived the girl.

Six others received minor injuries. Those people were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

Lee had been volunteering this summer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville. She would have been a sophomore at Pine Forest High School this fall.

Memorial services are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Falls Baptist Church, where Lee was a member of a youth group.

,Jacqueline WrightandMJ Ainsley