A sixth person has died in the aftermath of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, the Marion County Coroner's Office confirmed Friday.
Jenny Haskell, 22, a senior at Ball State University, succumbed to her injuries six days after the collapse of the main stage that also injured 45 people.
Indiana State Fair Collapse
Haskell was at the concert with her best friend, Alina Bigjohny, who also died in the collapse. The university and Haskell's family issued a joint statement after her death.
"Jenny's family would like to thank everyone for the support and prayers during this difficult time," read part of the statement. "Continued support and prayers for the remaining victims would be greatly appreciated."
Haskell, who had transferred to Ball State from Manchester College, was an exercise science major and had planned on becoming an athletic trainer.
Jenny Haskell and Alina BigJohny
On campus, she worked as part of the student landscaping team.
"Jenny was a dedicated student, both in and outside of the classroom," said Ball State President Jo Ann Gora. "As the semester begins, I ask that our campus community take a moment to appreciate her hard work to make this campus beautiful as a student landscaper. She took a deep pride in her contributions to the campus."
Her co-workers said their emotions are still raw from learning of her loss.
"She was a really good person. Really outgoing, fun, good-hearted," Duncan Anderson said.
"She had a great attitude and was pretty fired up about her classes out here and what she was doing," said Duane Hammons. "She was a big country music fan. She was really talking to us about all that she bought the whole package deals so she could go to several of the concerts down there and was really looking forward to going to it."
Family and friends held a vigil for Haskell in her hometown of Parker City on Thursday night.
Numerous friends posted messages of sorrow on a Facebook page that had been created to pray for Haskell's recovery.
"Our hearts go out to Jenny, to her family and to all that knew her," Ted McKinney, a member of the Indiana State Fair Commission, said at a Friday news conference. "I can tell you for the state fair family, it's a gut-wrenching experience."
Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah; Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; and Nathan Byrd, 51, of Indianapolis, were also killed in the stage collapse.
Investigators are trying to piece together all the elements of what led to the collapse of the Grandstand stage during a severe thunderstorm that brought winds estimated at 60 to 70 mph.
The collapse happened as Sugarland, a country music duo, was preparing to hit the stage for a concert.
Those who were killed and were injured were directly in front of the stage that came crashing down.
A tribute was held Friday night in Haskells honor in her hometown of Parker City, 6News' Tanya Spencer
Haskell was a graduate of Monroe Central Junior-Senior High School.
Before Friday nights football game, the team, cheerleaders and fans paused for a moment of silence in memory of Haskell.
"We'd like to remember Jenny, her sister Ashland, and her parents. They need our thoughts and prayers," school officials said.
Haskell was well-known at Monroe, where she played softball, basketball and was an honor roll student.
"I was watching the news before I left, and it broke my heart," friend Mikaela Grath said.
Cheerleaders wore Haskells initials on their cheeks at Friday night's football game in her honor.
Cheerleaders wore Haskells initials on their cheeks. The close-knit community said they will continue to pray for her family and treasure memories of a life cut short by tragedy.
"She was so vivacious. Jenny always had such a beautiful smile and her eyes were always sparkling," friend Michelle Philips said.
The community is planning a fundraiser for Haskells family to help them pay for medical bills and funeral expenses.
Jam for Jenny will be held Sept. 10 at Farmland Friends Church near Parker City.
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