Janesville residents killed in lightning strike near White House

Donna and James Mueller
Donna and James Mueller(Michelle McNett)
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 8:27 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 6:26 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBAY) - Two Wisconsin residents died in a lightning strike near the White House Thursday, police say.

The victims were identified as Janesville residents James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75.

James Mueller died at the hospital Thursday night. Donna Mueller died Friday morning.

A third victim, a 29-year-old man, died Friday The fourth person, a woman, was in critical condition, the police department said. Their identities were not immediately released.

The victims were in Lafayette Park outside the White House complex when the lightning struck, according to the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. Authorities did not reveal how the people were injured other than to say they were critically hurt in the lightning strike.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park. Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives,” reads a statement from the White House.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) said his “condolences, thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones.”

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said she was saddened to hear about the tragic loss.

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