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Vacationing Columbia couple struck by lightning in front of their children

Police say the Jeromes' two children witnessed the strike but were not hurt.
Police say the Jeromes' two children witnessed the strike but were not hurt.(Provided)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 2:32 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Columbia family’s vacation turned tragic when a couple was struck by lightning on the beach in Florida in front of their children.

According to the couple’s church, Downtown Church, the man is dead and his wife is still recovering.

Officials say Brent and Kristen Jerome were in ankle deep water on Sanibel Island beach when they were struck.

Sanibel, Florida police say the Jeromes’ two children witnessed the strike, but the kids were not hurt.

Police responded to the scene and found others on the beach performing CPR. The couple was taken to a Florida hospital where Brent later died.

Back home in Columbia, neighbors are remembering Brent by flying the flag of his favorite team, the Wisconsin Badgers.

They are grieving the loss of their friend.

“It’s grief like I have never had to deal with before. It affects you in the weirdest ways,” said Erik Carlson, a neighbor. “It’s gonna happen for a long time. He was a part of the crew and he’s just not there anymore. It’s gonna be hard.”

The couple’s church is collecting donations for the family.

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