Lightning strikes Caylee Anthony memorial after sentencing

Lightning strike at Caylee memorial ‘could be a sign from the angels’

Lightning strikes tree near memorial siteLighting struck a pine tree next to the shrine to Caylee Anthony at the site where her remains were discovered on Suburban Drive. (GEORGE SKENE, ORLANDO SENTINEL / July 8, 2011)
By Bianca Prieto, Orlando Sentinel5:33 p.m. EDT, July 7, 2011

A tall tree in the same area where Caylee Marie Anthony‘s remains were found was struck by lightning this afternoon — just hours after her mother learned she would be released from jail next week.

“It could be a sign from the angels that they aren’t happy with what’s happened,” said 40-year-old Keyla Lugo of Orlando, who has visited the memorial in the Chickasaw Oaks subdivision twice in the last week. “It’s a sad day for Orlando, for Caylee and for justice. The rain, the lightning, the storm – it’s the heavens indicating they aren’t happy.”

The vacant lot on Suburban Drive has sprouted a makeshift memorial of teddy bears and flowers — a magnet for thousands since the skeletonized remains of the 2-year-old were found there in December 2008.

Traffic picked up this week with the end of her mother Casey Anthony‘s murder trial. Casey Anthony, 25, was accused of killing her daughter but a jury Tuesday found her not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.

She was convicted of four counts of lying to law enforcement and learned Thursday that she would likely be released from the Orange County Jail on Wednesday.



The strong storm passing over east Orange County this afternoon sparked the electricity that hit the tree. It is not impeding spectators from visiting the impromptu memorial a few dozen feet into the woods off of Suburban Drive, a sheriff’s spokeswoman confirmed.

The tree did not catch fire.

Arelis Hernandez of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. bprieto@tribune.com or 407-420-5620.

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