Man Electrocuted While Taking Facebook Photos
California resident died after snapping pics in family's tree
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2014 2:40 PM CST
Updated Feb 10, 2014 4:00 PM CST

(Newser) – A California man met a tragic end over the weekend when he climbed a tree to take photos of the sunset and electrocuted himself. David Strohm Jr., 27, climbed a tree in his parents' backyard Saturday in Tustin, Calif., snapped the sunset pics, and posted one on Facebook shortly after 6pm. Friends and family, concerned as to his whereabouts, searched for him all night, even going door-to-door, the LA Times reports. The next morning, they spotted an ominous clue: his cell phone beneath the tree where he died, the Orange County Register reports.

Strohm was still in the tree, leaning dead against a power line; it's unclear how he ended up touching it. When firefighters came, they had power shut down to about 20 homes in order to safely bring down Strohm's body. Described by a neighbor as "just a nice kid" who liked helping family and neighbors, Strohm lived at the house with his mother and stepfather; his father was there, too, as his son's body was taken down. "Our message is: stay away," said an Orange County firefighter. "Electricity is so dangerous."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 13, 2014 11:45 AM CST
Nature culls the herd.
Feb 12, 2014 12:26 AM CST
What an Idiot, Tuf, Tuf Mate. If he had gotten a good photo he would be a hero.
Feb 11, 2014 4:14 PM CST
David Strohm Jr. learned a very valuable lesson about not getting too close to powerlines. Unfortunatley, I assume he won't be making the same mistake twice.