Woman Killed By Lightning At Outdoor Music Festival

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A 28-year old New Orleans woman was killed Friday when lightning struck her tent at an outdoor music festival.

Jacqui Stavis was attending the T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose, Louisiana, when a thunderstorm hit the area. Stavis ran to her and at least two others ran to her tent to seek shelter when lightning struck the tent.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department reported that they received a call around 10 p.m. that three people had been injured after a lightning strike. Stavis was found unresponsive and two other females were found injured. All were transported to the hospital where Stavis was pronounced dead. Two other victims, a 24-year old and a 30-year old, were hospitalized with serious injuries. Police say a large labrador was also killed in the incident. 

Stavis’ boyfriend, Jake Gold, shared a touching tribute on his social media page. 

“In seven years, our love for each other only grew. We hardly ever fought. We embraced each other’s weirdness, wildness, passions and friends,” Gold wrote. “Jacqui Stavis you were simply the best. I will love you and remember your smile and voice forever. Thank you for sharing the best years of our lives together, and for making me a better person. You will be missed every day. This is going to be so tough.”

Our prayers are with the victims’ family and friends. 

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