Sugarland Plans Memorial in Indiana to Honor Fans Killed in Stage Collapse
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have officially announced that they are planning a private memorial in Indiana to honor the fans who died in the collapse of a massive stage at their show at the Indiana State Fair.
The pair have released a statement on their website. According to the statement, the memorial will wait until families have THEIR own services and any memorials they may have planned.
Quoting from the statement:
"Until that time, we are holding vigil for them," the statement read. "We join them on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer them peace and healing."
Five people died and 45 more were hurt when the rigging above the stage collapsed amid winds of 60 to 70 mph ahead of a severe thunderstorm.
Although Sugarland first cancelled their next scheduled date in Iowa, the duo decided to resume their tour in New Mexico, the next stop on their current tour.
"We are also addressing our own specific healing". "Our road family experienced its traumas together. While we all scattered to our given families for their comfort, the trauma we experienced together binds us in a unique way that we share only with each other and those who were there."
The duo lost most of their instrument and stage gear in the collapse and will need to replace those articles when the tour resumes.
Jennifer and Kristian were reportedly set to take the stage before the collapse but were held back by their tour manager, Hellen Rollens, as she observed the threatening skies.
They were able to scramble to a tour bus and take shelter. Their elaborate set was destroyed.
We will of course report on the details of the memorial when all plans are finalized by Sugarland and any family members who might wish to contribute ideas.