WILLARD, Mo. — Three mourners at a rural graveside funeral were killed Friday when they were struck by lightning that crackled down a tree they took shelter under during a thunderstorm.
The three victims were Leroy Hendrix, 82; Billy J. Burgess, 66; and Joretta Gray, 71, said Chief Deputy Tom Martin of the Greene County sheriff's office. Gray's husband, Junior, 70, was in critical condition.
Charles Turk, who lives across from the cemetery, said he saw the lightning and a "big ball of fire" that came down a tree.
"I saw four people sort of fall over in slow motion, four elderly people. It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life," Turk told KTTS radio.