Sugarland has announced plans for a private memorial in Indiana to honor those who died in the devastating stage collapse at their scheduled concert at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday. The country duo revealed the plans in a statement on their website, noting that they first want to allow time for the families to hold their own private services and memorials.
“Until that time we are holding vigil for them,” the statement reads. “We join them on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer them peace and healing. For those suffering from injury we hold you up with prayers for complete healing of your own.”
High winds caused the collapse, just before Sugarland was set to take the stage for their headline performance. Five lives were claimed in the collapse, including a stagehand and security officer. Over 40 fans were injured.
The band will resume their Incredible Machine tour this Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.
“We have always celebrated music as a Healer,” wrote the band in their statement. “While music cannot change the events and losses at the Indiana State Fair, 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.”
Fender’s thoughts and prayers are with the band, and most of all, those who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
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