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Family and Friends in Disbelief After Loss of 20-year-old After Lightning Strike

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People still are in disbelief a day after the sudden lightning strike killed Nick Fagnano, Notre Dame High School Graduate.

"At first it just sounded like it was crazy like somebody was just telling stories," said Tom Dill, Nick's former baseball coach.

Tom Dill was Nick's coach during his four years as a relief pitcher for the at Notre Dame High School baseball team.

"He was polite, sweet and did all the things you would want a young man to do," Dill said.

"The last time he played it was at Birmingham High School against Crespi, our rival and he came in and did a good job," Dill said.

Alex Gould was catcher for the team and says Nick was more than a teammate, he was his best friend.

"The kid was the greatest kid I'll ever know in my entire life. I can live my entire life and tell you he's the greatest kid I'll ever know. The most caring loving kid you'll ever meet," Gould said

Nick was one of the eight people struck by lightning that hit the water near Venice Pier Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of people felt the shock... many comparing the jolt to a bomb going off.

Nick's Uncle Dennis Shanahan is acting as family spokesman. He released the following statement today.

"Nick was the friendliest young man you'd ever meet. He was an only child. The kind of kid every parent would want their son to grow up to be. Hard-working, ambitious, and truly kind-hearted. Always happy. Great sense of humor."

Nick we're told had many friends, but was also very close with his mom, dad and extended family.

Alex tells us he loved the Dodgers, the beach and the mountains.

Hospital officials say a 55-year-old surfer is still in critical condition at UCLA Ronald Reagan hospital.

Two people were released from UCLA Santa Monica hospital yesterday. The others are in stable condition.


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