TAMPA, Fla. - A crowd gathered Sunday night at Adventure Island to remember an employee who was hit and killed by a lightning strike. Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for Justin Inversso, who died Saturday. The young man had just turned 21 a day before. He never got a chance to celebrate with his family.
"It seems like he's gone on a weekend vacation or something right now and he'll be back. But he won't," said Justin's mother, Julie Inversso.
Justin grew up in Dade City and graduated from Pasco High School in 2009. He then finished up two years at Pasco Hernando Community College and had just started USF. He wanted to be an engineer. Justin's father said his son always had a smile on his face and a joy for life.
As a Christian, he added that Justin never missed a chance to tell people about God.
"You and I may talk about the Bucs quickly. He'll get from the Bucs then lead you into some peaceful word about how he learned something through God's word," said Frank Inversso, a sergeant with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
"He was a good, good hearted young man who never put himself first. He always put others before him," added Julie.
According to officials with Adventure Island, Justin was working on the Key West Rapids ride when the tower was apparently struck by lightning. He was in about 2-3 feet of water at the time.
The Inversso family says their faith is what is getting them through this devastating time. There are no details just yet on funeral arrangements for Justin.