Victims' Stories Emerge In Fair Collapse Aftermath
Tributes Begin For 5 Killed In Indiana State Fair Collapse
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Stories of the victims who died in a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night are beginning to emerge, painting a picture of five people whose lives were taken in unspeakable tragedy.Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; and Nathan Byrd, 51, of Indianapolis, were killed when thunderstorm wind gusts of up to 70 mph toppled the rigging over the stage before a planned concert performance of the country music band Sugarland. Watch: View Slideshow: | On her Myspace page, Bigjohny described herself as someone who loved to smile and spend time with family and friends, 6News' Ebone Monet reported.She had been a student at Manchester College and was recently hired to teach in Muncie, the Journal-Gazette reported.Teacher Dennis Craft said he's mentored Bigjohny in a student teacher program."All the kids really liked her, cared about her. It's just one of those very sad days for a lot of people," he said. "She was a friendly, caring person, everything you want a teacher to be."Goodrich was a father of two children. His friends and family described him as a good man with a twinkle in his eye.Family members were too heartbroken to be interviewed on camera, but they told 6News that he always looked out for others and lunged to help save a little girl as the stage came crashing down.