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Updated Jul 24, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Two killed by lightning in northern Arizona

The spot where a couple was killed by lightning is shown. It is believed the couple were standing on the stone step and the lightning struck where the rock is broken. (Photo: Coconino County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX -- Two people were killed after they were struck by lightning at a northern Arizona lookout, the Coconino Sheriff's Office said.

The victims were a couple visiting from another country. They were standing with other people on a lookout about eight miles north of Jacobs Lake on Highway 89A when they were struck.

Both died at the scene. They have not been identified.

A boy unrelated to the couple was also struck. He sustained non life-threatening injuries.

Officials said that summer storms can bring unexpected lightning and people need to take precautions to stay safe.

"Avoid metal objects, including electric wires, fences, metal machinery, motors and power tools," said Gerry Blair with CCSO. "Unsafe places include underneath an open canopy, a small picnic or rain shelter or near a tree."

Earlier this month, a Phoenix man was killed by lightning while walking near a reservoir in eastern Arizona. A Grand Canyon guide was also injured when he was hit by lightning Monday.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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