Family, friends mourn teen killed by lightning strike

August 3, 2016 –

Family and friends continue to mourn 17-year-old Wade Young, who was found dead after being struck by lightning on Humphrey’s Peak near Flagstaff on July 20.

A GoFundMe page to help with funds for his memorial service was created a day after the accident. So far, almost $20,000 of the $30,000 goal has been raised. The page also been shared over 1.6 thousand times via social media.

“We can all help his family by raising funds for medical bills, time off work, etc. All donations will go directly to Robyn Young, Wade’s mother,” the GoFundMe page states.

Young and his two friends, age 17 and 18, were struck as they were climbing Humphrey’s Peak. Because of severe and continuous lightning strikes on the peak, emergency personnel could not reach the hikers until about four hours after 911 was called. Young was dead by the time they arrived.

Young recently graduated from Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe where he played for the Red Mountain Knights rugby team.

The team announced on Facebook that they will all be wearing black pants and the team jerseys to commemorate Young and the bond he shared with his team.

“There are no words to express the hurt we feel right now for the loss of one of our own,” the Red Mountain Knights posted on Facebook.

On Twitter, Young’s friends and former classmates started the hashtag #AztecStrong to share their thoughts and condolences on his passing. The Corona Del Sol high school mascot is an Aztec.

One of the tweets came from Young’s sister, who confirmed his death in a tweet that read: “Thank you for your condolences. Wade died at a good place in his life with so many amazing people #aztecstrong.”

Others tweets remember Young and his bright personality and red hair. A specific tweet said, “I love you, Yade Woung. The sun looks a little bit brighter and a tad bit more ginger today. Rest Easy.”

For more information or interest in donating to Young’s funeral fund or to help out his family, visit


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