Macon high school student dies after lightning strike while vacationing

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A Macon high school senior who was struck by lightning while on vacation in Florida with his family has died. His school, Stratford Academy announced the sad news to Facebook on July 28.

Walker Bethune, 17, was struck by lightning on July 17 while walking on a beach with his family in Marco Island, Florida. Walker's family said he did so peacefully, listening to one of his favorite Allman Brothers songs, “Soulshine.”

Bethune was the incoming senior class president at Stratford Academy, which also held a prayer vigil for him. The school’s headmaster, Logan Bowlds, described Bethune as a phenomenal young man.

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