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Teen Jennie Dizon Struck by Lightning Right Before High School Graduation

A 17-year-old Chicago girl was struck by lightning and killed as she was sitting in a park. The incident occurred just three days prior to her high school graduation.

Jennie Dizon, of Downers Grove, was found unconscious and not breathing in O'Brien Park, at 68th Street and Dunham Road, shortly after 5 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the DuPage County Coroner's report said the death was "consistent with a lightning strike."

Dizon was sitting on the grass at the park, writing in her notebook, after dropping off her younger brother and sister at the dentist’s office. Around 5:20 p.m., a thunderstorm went through the area and lightning from that storm hit Dizon.

"It was God's will," her father, Eric Dizon, said

"Jennie is our angel," said Marietta Dizon, Jennie’s mother. "She has a golden heart. Whoever has met her, she has surely touched your heart. I think God had called her. We just have to place our whole trust in him."

Dizon was planning to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall to study theatre production.

Sources: HuffingtonPost, NBCChicago


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