Friends, family mourn death in LA lightning strike

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Updated: 7/28 11:12 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Friends and family are mourning the death of 21-year-old Nick Fagnano (Fahn-YANN'-Oh), who died after lightning struck off the coast of Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach.

Fagnano's uncle Dennis Shanahan said Monday his nephew was "a kid that lit up the room wherever he went."

Some witnesses said Fagnano had been in the water when the lightning hit Sunday. He was unresponsive as he was rushed to a hospital and later died.

He grew up in Los Angeles and played pitcher on the baseball team at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.

Fagnano attended Santa Barbara City College and had been accepted as a transfer student to the University of Southern California, where he planned to pursue urban policy and development.

A funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

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