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L.A. bank executive among three killed in lightning strike near White House

A 29-year-old Los Angeles bank executive was one of three people killed when lightning struck Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, across from the White House.

Brooks Lambertson, vice chairman of City National Bank, was in the nation’s capital on business when he was struck by lightning Thursday evening. A Wisconsin couple celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary were also hit.

Lambertson has managed the bank’s sponsorships for the past three years and previously worked in marketing for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a bank statement.

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 management. Sport.

“Brooks was an incredible young man who will be remembered for his generosity, kindness and unwavering positivity,” the bank’s statement read. “His sudden loss is devastating to all who knew him, and his family, friends and colleagues appreciate the thoughts and prayers that have poured in from across the country.”

Representatives from the Secret Service and the US Park Police witnessed the lightning strike around 7 p.m. Thursday in the park, which is directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

They administered first aid before the victims were rushed to 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 niece.

Donna Mueller was a retired teacher and her husband a retired entrepreneur.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Los Angeles Times

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