ETOWAH, Ark. (July 3, 2014) Steven Shepherd, 16, died in a hospital after lightning struck him as he stood outside of a church in the Carroll’s Corner community in Arkansas, a sheriff says.
Shepherd was standing next to a tree Tuesday night when a storm began to move in, Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said.
The boy’s mother was working inside the church with others and began to look for him after noticing he was missing.
The teenager was found lying face down next to a tree that had been struck by lightning.
He was taken to the South Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Osceola, where he later died.