1 Dead, 2 Injured In Decatur County Lightning Strike

By: Kara Duffy Email
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By: Kara Duffy
July 22, 2013

Decatur County, GA - Tragedy struck Lady Moon Farms in Decatur County Monday morning in the form of a lightning bolt.

"Unfortunately it was random," said Decatur County Sheriff, Wiley Griffin. "There were three individuals, just walking across a dirt parking lot and lightning hit one of them directly."

Mauselio Gomes, 21, died instantly. Investigators with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office. say according to the coroner's reports, the lightning bolt struck him on top of his head, then traveled through his body and came out of the metal button on his pants.

The other two men, 18-year-old Elmer Gomes and 21-year-old Domingo Perez, also worked on the watermelon farm. Both suffered minor injuries from the after-shock of the strike.

"I saw both of them," Sheriff Griffin said. "They were both walking around. They're okay. They are both emotionally injured; one of them was his brother that got killed."

Investigators say Elmer Gomes and Perez were both taken to Bainbridge Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure, but they're expected to make a full recovery.


By Kara Duffy
July 22, 2013

According to Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin, the 21-year-old farm worker was struck by lightning around 10:00 a.m. at Lady Moon Farms along Cool Springs Road.

He and two other packing house employees were walking across a dirt road about 100 yards away from the shed when the lightning struck him.

The other two employees were also injured, but officials say their injuries were minor.

One of the men injured was the brother of the worker who died. Their names have not yet been released.


July 22, 2013

Decatur County, GA - According to the Decatur County Sheriff's Office, a farmer was struck and killed by lightning this morning.

Three farmers were walking outside when one was struck by lightning.

We have a reporter headed to the scene, and will have more information as it becomes available.


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