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Two Soccer Players Killed by Lightning in Houston

Third injured while trio sought shelter under a tree

Monday, Jul 16, 2012  |  Updated 3:12 PM CDT
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Soccer Players Killed by Lightning

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Two men playing in a weekend soccer game are dead and another is injured after lightning struck a tree they were standing beneath during a storm in Houston.

Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland says a storm halted play at a men's league soccer club around noon on Sunday, sending about 200 men running for cover.

Gilliland says lightning struck one of the trees, killing one of the men. Two others were also hit and taken to a Houston hospital, where a second man was pronounced dead.

Ben Taub General Hospital says the third man was in fair condition Monday.

The local coroner identified the two men who died as 27-year-old Jose Romero and 26-year-old Angel Delgado.

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