The Healing Process - Sugarland Returns to the Stage

By Peter Ambrose

August 19, 2011 Updated Aug 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Country group Sugarland has performed for the first time since their stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair last weekend.

They resumed their tour with a show in Albuquerque, New Mexico Thursday night dedicated to the victims of the tragedy.

Singer Jennifer Nettles and guitarist Kristian Bush, opened the show by calling for a moment of silence as other members of the group stood solemnly behind them. "I am sure that by now, all of you are aware of the tragedy that occurred at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday." Nettles said," Moments before we were about to take the stage, a huge burst of wind blew in and collapsed the entire stage, wounding over 40 people and killing five. In honor of those people who were wounded and those beautiful lives that were lost, we asked to to stand and join us now in a moment of silence."

After the silence, Sugarland played the song "Love" off their new album. The band plans to hold a private memorial for the victims soon.

Sugarland was set to perform at the State Fair last Saturday when a powerful gust of wind, ahead of a severe thunderstorm, blew down the stage as thousands were gathered for the show. Five people, including 23 year old Alina BigJohny, were killed and 45 others were injured.

Funeral services for BigJohny will be held today, beginning at 11AM, at the Klaehn Fahl & Melton funeral home on Winchester Road.

She was a 2007 graduate of Wayne High School. She graduated from Manchester College last spring and was set to begin teaching 7th grade English at a school in Muncie.

The funeral for another victim, security guard Glenn Goodrich of Indianapolis, will also be held today. A third victim, stage hand Nathan Byrd, was laid to rest on Thursday.

And as Sugarland performed in New Mexico, pop bands Maroon 5 and Train went on as scheduled in Indianapolis, but in a different venue. They were supposed to play at the State Fair this week, but that show was moved and two other concerts by Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum were canceled in the wake of the stage collapse tragedy. The proceeds from the Maroon 5/Train concert will be donated to the Victims Remembrance Fund created after the tragedy.

The Indianapolis Colts will seek to help that fund tonight. Team officials say they will donate $1.00 for each ticket sold for tonight's pre-season game at Lucas Oil Stadium. You can also donate to the fund by texting FAIR to 27722.




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