Woman Killed By Lightning Strike At Outdoor Music Festival
A New Orleans woman was killed Friday by a lighting strike at a Louisiana outdoor music festival.
Authorities say Jacqui Stavis, 28, was killed by the strike on or near her tent at the event in Larose.
Two other unnamed New Orleans women were hurt inside the same tent, the Times-Picayune reports.
According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department, at around 10 p.m. deputies received a call that three people were injured after a lightning strike at the T-Bois Blues Festival grounds.
Responders found Stavis unresponsive, along with two other females who were injured. All three were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Stavis was pronounced dead on Saturday. A 24-year-old victim who suffered more serious injuries was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans while a 30-year-old victim remained at a local hospital.
Police said a large Labrador also died in the incident.
Authorities said the group ran to the tent to get out of a thunderstorm.
According to a LinkedIn profile under her name, Stavis was a graduate of Wesleyan University, a selective liberal arts college located in Connecticut.
Friends of Stavis' took to social media to share their grief as new of her death spreak over the weekend.
"It is beyond comprehension and utter sadness that one of the brightest lights in the universe is no longer shining on earth. Jacqui Stavis one of the most generous, kind and true spirited soles is gone," wrote one friend.
Michael Crowson wrote: "She was a really sweet lady and a great massage therapist. She truly enjoyed helping people. My heart goes out to her loved ones. What a tragic loss."