Apparent lightning strike kills Downers Grove HS senior

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Stormy skies loomed over an emotional gathering late this afternoon at the site where 17-year-old Jennie Dizon had lost her life just 24 hours before.

Friends and family laid flowers on the spot where Dizon’s young life was cut short.The DuPage County Coroner’s office says it appears she died of electrocution consistent with a lightning strike.

“I really didn’t want to believe it,” said her brother Michael, 14. “She’s like a second mom to me.”

Michael says that Jennie walked to O’Brien Park yesterday afternoon to write in her journal. She was pronounced dead there at 5:45 that evening.

Jennie was set to graduate the Benet Academy in Lisle on Sunday. The honor student, musician and theatre buff was headed to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in the fall to play piano and major in theatre design.

Downers Grove police say that her death is a reminder to all to take shelter when there is a storm warning.

Dizon’s school released the following statement:

Benet Academy is mourning the loss of senior Jennie Dizon, daughter of Eric and Marietta Dizon and sister of Emmeline ’15 and Michael ’17, who passed into eternal life last evening, apparently having been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. Throughout the day today, Benet’s chaplain, campus minister, counselors, administrators, and teachers have been available in the Chapel, in their offices, in classrooms, and throughout the school building to offer assistance, comfort, and consolation to our students and members of the school community.

Please join the entire Benet Family in remembering Jennie and the Dizon family in prayer.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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