Sugarland to Hold Memorial for Stage-Collapse Victims

In the wake of the devastating stage collapse at their concert in Indiana over the weekend, Sugarland has announced that they plan to honor the five people killed in the unfortunate accident.

"We are in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana, to honor those fans who died," band members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush said in a statement Tuesday. "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," the statement continues. "We join them on their mourning benches." 

On Saturday, as the band was just about to take the stage at the Indiana State Fair, an enormous wind gust blew the metal scaffolding into the crowd as the stage collapsed. In addition to the five lives lost, more than 40 fans were injured in the unfortunate accident. As the band attempts to provide comfort and support to the family of the victims, Sugarland is doing their best to try to come to terms with the accident, as well.

"We have taken a couple of days to try and even begin to emotionally process the magnitude and gravity of the tragedy in Indiana on Saturday," the statement reads. "We are also addressing our own specific healing."

They also announced their plan to continue their Incredible Machine tour this Thursday in Albuquerque.

"While music cannot change the events and losses at the Indiana State Fair," the statement read, "It can hopefully serve as a ritual and a balm to provide comfort and facilitate healing in this time of great sorrow. We hope to see you all soon."

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