Sugarland Planning Memorial For Indiana Stage Collapse Victims

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 17, 2011

The country duo Sugarland are planning a memorial to honor the five that died during a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday.

“We are in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana, to honor those fans who died,” a statement released on Tuesday read. “We would first like to hold space so that their families can have time to go through their own services and memorials.”

“Until that time we are holding vigil for them. We join them on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer them peace and healing. For those suffering from injury we hold you up with prayers for complete healing of your own,” the statement added.

Five people were killed and at least 40 were injured during the incident on Saturday when the stage collapsed on the first few rows of the audience — sometimes called by the country duo, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, as the “Sugarpit”. The staging collapsed after it was hit by an isolated wind gust between 60-70mph, according to the timeline events released by investigators. Nettles and Bush were not injured during the incident, though they were scheduled to perform on the stage just minutes before the tragedy occurred.

Sugarland announced that their concert tour will continue Thursday with an appearance in Albuquerque at the Hard Rock Pavilion. Their concert at the Iowa State Fair was canceled one day after the incident.

Lady Antebellum and Janet Jackson were scheduled to perform at the fair this week, but canceled their appearances after the tragedy took place. Maroon 5 and Train will perform this Thursday at the fair in a memorial to honor the deceased, where the proceeds from the concert will go to the family of the victims.

The Indiana State Fair is scheduled to remain open until August 21.