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Nick Fagnano: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

(Facebook/Nick Fagnano)

(Facebook/Nick Fagnano)

The 20-year-old swimmer killed Sunday after being struck by lightning at a Los Angeles beach was a former high school baseball star who dreamed of a career in urban development, his family members said Monday.

Officials and family members identified the victim as Nick Fagnano, a Los Angeles resident who starred for the baseball team at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.

Fagnano had gone into the water to wash himself off when a massive bolt of lightning struck, his mom, Mary Fagnano, told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Here’s what you need to know about Fagnano:


1. He Had Gone in to Rinse Himself Off After Sitting on the Beach With 2 Friends

Fagnano’s mom told the Daily News that her son had been on the beach with two friends when he decided to go in and wash himself off. That’s when the massive bolt struck the area.

Fagnano’s body was not recovered in the initial response by emergency personnel, Mary Fagnano told the Daily News. It was recovered about 50 feet out about a half hour after the lightning strike, the Daily News reported.

Mary Fagnano told the paper:

There was so much commotion when the lightning struck on the beach, he was not one of those recovered in the first response,” she said in a phone interview. His friends were looking frantically for him, couldn’t find him. Half an hour after lighting struck, his body was found about 50 feet out.

2. He Was About to Enter His Junior Year at USC

According to Fagnano’s Facebook page, he worked as a bartender at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California.

Fagnano’s parents told the Daily News that after their son graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, he attended Santa Barbara City College and Santa Monica City College before transferring to USC, where he was about to enroll as a junior and study urban development.

3. He Was a Talented Pitcher on His High School Baseball Team

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(Facebook/Nick Fagnano)

Fagnano played baseball all four years at Notre Dame High School, and, according to his Maxpreps.com profile, had a largely successful career as a right-handed pitcher.

Maxpreps says Fagnano, a 6-foot-1 righty, went 2-1 over his junior and season seasons with an impressive 1.62 earned run average and 9 strikeouts.

Walker Moses, an outfielder at Northwestern University who played with Fagnano at Notre Dame, was among those tweeting Monday about Fagnano’s death.


4. The National Weather Service Said At Least 4 Strikes hit the Beach

The National Weather Service’s Stuart Seto told the Los Angeles Times that at least four strikes hit the beach and the water at about 2:20 p.m. local time Sunday.


5. A Witness Said it Was ‘Like a Scene out of Jaws’

Joe Doro, who was at the beach at the time of the strike, described the horrific, chaotic scene to NBC Los Angeles:

It was the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard. It was like a scene out of ‘Jaws,’ all the mothers were going in to grab their kids to drag them out of the water.

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