Indiana Remembers Stage Collapse Victims

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The Indiana State Fair is scheduled to reopen Monday after being closed the previous day due to a deadly stage collapse that killed five people.

A public memorial service was held Monday morning for the five who were killed when a concert stage gave way during a storm.

Indiana's lieutenant governor opened the service for five people with a prayer expressing thanks for those who rushed to help immediately after high winds toppled stage rigging.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman told the audience that the people who rushed to help "set aside their personal concerns and moved toward the accident and not away" to help the injured Saturday.

That selfless spirit "is and will continue to be the silver lining in times of disaster," she added.

Alina Bigjohny, 23 of Fort Wayne; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah; and 49-year-old Glenn Goodrich of Indianapolis all died at the scene Saturday.

A fifth victim, Nathan Byrd, a 51-year-old stagehand from Indianapolis died Sunday night. More than 40 people were injured in the accident.

The accident happened shortly before the country music group, Sugarland, was set to take the stage.

Jennifer Nettles, the group's lead singer, says she's praying for peace in the hearts of those affected.

The metal scaffolding of the stage fell only minutes after authorities warned the crowd to seek shelter due to an incoming storm.

"Just everything turned black.. It was really cold, it was like winter, because I had been sweating all day. Wind blew over the ATM machine," Mike Zent of Los Angeles told The Associated Press.

"Women were crying. Children were crying. Men were crying," he said.

The National Weather Service estimated the wind gusts to be 60 to 70 miles per hour.

"It's one of those things you see it and it happens and you just ask and did it really happen?" one witness recalled. "But we've just been praying for the workmen, the people and the stagehand folks."

Meanwhile, authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the stage collapse.

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