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Boy met UF football player before lightning strike in Daytona Beach Shores

People across country reach out to family of boy struck by lightning

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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was hit by lightning on Daytona Beach Shores on Tuesday, according to officials.

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Since the incident, people across the country have reached out to the Tyre family, saying that Bowen was in their prayers.

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That's partly because of a tweet sent out by someone who met the Georgia boy just before he was struck by lightning.

Darious Cummings, 24, is an aspiring professional football player who played defensive line for the University of Florida and Astronaut High School in Titusville.

On Tuesday, as he was working out with his trainer on Daytona Beach Shores, he met two kids -- Georgia fans -- and took a picture with them.

"They just seemed to be excited because they knew who I was and that kind of put a smile on my face," said Cummings. "Just to see how they reacted when they recognized who I was was cool."

But just an hour after the picture was taken, as the family was fishing in the water, Bowen, whom Cummings had just met, was struck by lightning.

"I was in shock. I mean, I knew it was going to rain, but I didn't know it was raining like that and the lightning was that bad," said Cummings.

He didn't hear about what happened until a few hours later, when a family friend of Bowen contacted him. Cummings then took to social media, putting out a message on Twitter asking for prayers.

"The tweet says, 'Took a picture with two kids yesterday and an hour later the oldest on the right was struck by lightning. Pray for them,'" said Cummings.

Next thing he knew, the tweet took off, reaching hundreds of strangers who said Bowen was now in their prayers.

"Even though it happened to him, it just shows him how much support he has," said Cummings.

Because Bowen has been in intensive care at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Cummings hasn't had the chance to speak with him in person, but he had this message for him until that day comes.

"I would like to tell him to get better and just know that everything is going to be alright, said Cummings.

Bowen is on a long road to recovery, but according to his family's Facebook page he is slowly getting better.

Cummings said once Bowen's allowed to have visitors he will definitely stop by.


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