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State Fair collapse claims 6th victim :(

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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Ball State Senior Jenny Haskell, who was among the dozens of people injured in the State Fair tragedy, died from her injuries Friday morning.

Haskell suffered critical injuries when the stage collapsed during the Sugarland concert. The Marion County coroner's office confirmed that she passed away at 8:15 am Friday.

Ball State University issued the following statement:

Jennifer "Jenny" Haskell, injured in the Aug. 13 Indiana State Fairstage collapse, died the morning of Aug. 19, 2011. Haskell was a Ball Statesenior majoring in exercise science. She also served on the campus landscaping crew.

Jenny's father, John Haskell of Muncie, Ind., and her mothers, Mary Haskell and Judy Oakerson, both of Parker City, Ind., issued the following joint statement: "After a long, courageous battle, Jenny Haskell died at 8:15 this morning from her injuries sustained from the tragedy at the State Fair. Jenny's family wouldlike to thank everyone for the support and prayers during this difficult time. Continued support and prayers for the remaining victims would be greatly appreciated."

"The Ball State community is deeply saddened to learn of Jenny's passing," said President Jo Ann M. Gora. "I extend to her mothers, father, family and friends my deepest sympathies. Jenny was a dedicated student both in and out of the classroom. As the semester begins, I ask that the campus and our visitors take a moment to appreciate her hard work to make campus beautiful as a student landscaper. She took deep pride in her contributions to the campus. And as a passionate Cardinal, she loved cheering for the women's basketball team. The Ball State family will continue to hold Jenny's family and friends and everyone affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers."

Haskell's family asked for respect of their privacy at this difficult time. All media inquiries should be directed to Ball State University communications.

Haskell, who lived in Muncie, was a graduate ofMonroe Central Junior-Senior High School, where she was an honor-roll student and member of the school's basketball and softball teams. Haskell planned on becoming an athletic trainer.

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Thursday night dozens of people came to a vigil for her in the Randolph County community of Parker City.

Jenny's friends gathered at a softball diamond. Her high school softball coach Andrea Cope told us "She could cover her area and half the other field."

Monroe Central sports announcer Chris Coburn called her a fighter. "There was no quit in Jenny ever," said Coburn. "She was one of those people that no matter what challenges were put in front of her, she tackled it."

The 22-year-old Monroe Central graduate and Ball State senior is was severely injured at the State Fair. She was in the front row when the stage collapsed. She suffered severe head trauma including brain damage.

Her best friend Alina Bigjohny died that night at the concert.

Friend Hilarie Thomas said, "You're there for fun and you never think things like this will happen."

Friends from Jenny's home town gathered at the ball park, a place where she thrived. With candles in hand they prayed. Andrea Cope added, "Everybody in the community's pulling for her and we just want her to continue her battle and our prayers and thoughts are with her."

by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:35 PM

That's sad. Prayers to her family.

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by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:38 PM

So sad :( Prayers for her family.

by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 6:51 PM


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