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Man killed by lightning strike laid to rest Wednesday

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Korey A. Moore - Courtesy The Moore Family Korey A. Moore - Courtesy The Moore Family

SWANSEA, SC (WIS) - Friends and family are mourning the loss of Korey Moore, the 19-year-old who was killed by a lightning strike on Lake Marion Saturday.

Korey's Pastor, Dean Reynolds remembers how much he loved racing.

"Some suggested last night that Korey is probably racing a lawnmower up there and showing Jesus about lawnomower racing -- that may be," Reynolds said.

The comment drew a few laughs from the mostly somber services at Sardis Baptist Church in Swansea.

Officials say Korey was struck when he was standing up on his jetski while holding on to the metal railing of his family's pontoon boat.

The Department of Natural Resources said Moore's girlfriend, Priscilla, was also on the jetski with him. Amazingly, she was not hurt when the lightning struck.

The two pulled up to the pontoon boat and Korey grabbed on to the metal railing. Family members say that's when they heard a loud "bang," and saw Korey fall into the water.

Korey's uncle, a volunteer firefighter, dove in and pulled Korey to the surface to perform CPR on him.

Korey's family brought him to a nearby marina where several people tried to save him, but he died at the hospital.

The family is surprised because they say the storm was far away when Korey was struck.

Two of Korey's friends on the boat were also struck, but they are alright.

The halls of the church filled with the sounds of Luke Bryan's "We Rode in Trucks" -- Korey's favorite song. Friends say the song mirrored the way he lived his life.

Pastor Reynolds hopes his final words will help friends and family cope with Korey's death.

"Father, if we believe your word, we know this is not the end. in fact, this past Saturday evening was just the begining for Korey Moore," Reynolds said.

Reported by Jennifer Wilson, Dan Tordjman

Posted by Jeremy Turnage

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