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Ball State University Student Becomes Sixth Fatality Following Sugarland Stage Collapse

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Another person has died from injuries sustained at the Indiana State Fair last weekend. The Star Press in Muncie, Ind. reports that 22-year-old Ball State University senior Jennifer Haskell has become the sixth fatality from Saturday night’s tragic stage collapse before a scheduled Sugarland show. Haskell attended the concert with her best friend Alina Bigjohny, who was also killed.

“After a long courageous battle, Jenny Haskell died at 8:15 this morning from her injuries sustained from the tragedy at the state fair,” a statement from Haskell’s uncle Mike Whited reads. “Jenny’s family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers during this difficult time. Continued support and prayers for the remaining victims would be greatly appreciated.”

Haskell was studying sports medicine at Ball State, and Whited said she planned to become an athletic trainer. In high school she was an honor-roll student and member of the school’s basketball and softball teams. The Star Press reports that a vigil was held in her honor last night on the softball diamond at Monroe Central High School in Muncie.

Sugarland say they will be back to Indiana for a memorial for all of the accident’s victims. Last night they asked the audience in Albuquerque N.M. to honor those killed with a moment of silence.

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