California mother Antonia Mendoza Chavez and her two dogs killed by freak lightning strike in Los Angeles

Written by Javed Iqbal

Gloria Colocho knew something was wrong when her tenant and friend did not answer her phone. “I called her and it went straight to voicemail and from there I had a feeling it was her,” Colocho told ABC 7. Her instincts were right when her tenant Antonia Mendoza Chavez was identified on Thursday as the 52nd -year-old- who was killed by a lightning strike while walking her dogs in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The two dogs, Luna and Chubby, were also killed in the freak strike. “I’m sorry, but I know at the same time that she’s in heaven and that she was a sweet lady,” Colocho said, describing Chavez as a “sweet lady.” Surveillance videos given to ABC 7 by Colocho show Chavez, a mother of two, in her final moments as she sets off for a walk with her dogs on a path near the San Gabriel River. She went for walks with Luna and Chubby every day, Colocho said. According to the National Lightning Safety Council, Chavez’s death is the first U.S. lightning strike in 2022.

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