Tragedy struck in Valley Mills, Texas, on Friday when Grayson Boggs, a six-year-old boy, passed away after being struck by lightning. This same lightning bolt had taken his father’s life, 34-year-old Matthew Boggs, just weeks before.
The incident occurred on May 15 when Grayson and his brother Elijah, 11, were dropped off from school by a bus. When the family was walking home, Grayson and his father held hands when a lightning bolt suddenly struck Mr. Boggs’ body and traveled to Grayson.
The intense force of the lightning bolt caused them both to be thrown out of their shoes and to land face-down on the driveway. When family members rolled Mr. Boggs over, they saw he had already turned blue. While a neighbor started life-saving measures on Mr. Boggs, family members began CPR on Grayson. Unfortunately, Mr. Boggs did not survive.
Grayson was then taken to Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center in Temple, Texas, where he had been on a ventilator and having seizures for the past four weeks. Unfortunately, doctors informed the family that Grayson’s condition would not improve, and he was taken off the ventilator on Tuesday. He passed away at 5:05 p.m. on Friday.
To cover the funeral expenses, a GoFundMe page was created by a cousin. This page has since raised over $89,000.