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Boy electrocuted in Fairfax identified

The Fairfax City teen who was electrocuted Tuesday night while trimming a tree near his home was identified Wednesday by police as Gregory Malsam, 17, of the 4200 block of Berritt Street.

Authorities said Malsam was about 20 feet up in a tree, using a power saw, when a tree branch fell onto an electrical wire and sent about 19,000 volts of electricity into his body.

The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m., on the block of Berritt Street where he lived.

Neighbors said Malsam was well-liked in his community, near Roberts Road in the Green Acres neighborhood, and was about to begin his senior year at Fairfax High School.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  August 25, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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