Lightning strike at Caylee memorial ‘could be a sign from the angels’
“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 this 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.
“God has spoken. Casey’s guilty,” said Nicole Perez of Vero Beach as she walked to the mosquito-infested site beneath a steady rain. Perez and her colleague Michelle Cooper of West Palm Beach decided to stop after attending a business meeting in town.
As Cooper peered up at the exposed white bark of the pine tree she said: “That is what I call Karma.”
Tammy Vicino decided to take her two twin boys to pay their respects to the dead toddler before they left for their Rhode Island home.
‘It’s eerie,” Vicino said, adding that the mark left by the lightning strike symbolizes celestial justice for Caylee because “there was no justice here on Earth.”
The tree did not catch fire.
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.