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Indiana stage collapse death toll rises to 6

August 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The death toll from the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair is now six. A 22-year-old college student succumbed to her injuries on Friday.

Jennifer Haskell, a Ball State University senior, was one of dozens injured in the accident.

Fans were awaiting a Sugarland concert when a strong wind gust toppled metal scaffolding holding lights and other equipment.

Haskell's best friend, 23-year-old Alina Bigjohny of Fort Wayne, was one of four people killed immediately. A fifth person, stagehand Nathan Byrd, 51, of Indianapolis, was atop the rigging when it fell and died hours later from his injuries.

In New Mexico on Thursday night, Sugarland performed for the first time since the accident and honored those who lost their lives.

"In honor of those people who were wounded and those beautiful lives that were lost, we ask you to stand and join us now in a moment of silence," said Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles to the crowd.

During the concert in Albuquerque, band members spoke about the healing power of music. The band is planning a private memorial for the victims in Indiana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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