Jenny Haskell, 22, of Parker City, is the sixth person to die in the tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse that occurred on Saturday, August 13, shortly before country band Sugarland was scheduled to perform. The Marion County coroner’s office confirmed the death.
Haskell, who was in her senior year at Ball State University, was at the concert with Alina BigJohny, her best friend. BigJohny also died when the stage fell, and Haskell suffered severe injuries, including head trauma and many fractures. The young women were two of several people in the front rows who were severely injured when the stage came crashing down.
Haskell’s family joined the university to offer a statement following her death, thanking everyone for their support and prayers, and asking for continued support and prayers for the rest of the 45 injured victims and their families.
Haskell was planning to become an athletic trainer following her graduation and was majoring in exercise science. She had transferred to Ball State from Manchester College. She also worked on campus as a member of the student landscaping team.
Jo Ann Gora, President of Ball State, called Haskell a “dedicated student” and reminded students returning to campus for classes to take a moment to admire the excellent landscaping and remember Jenny and her contributions to the campus.
Co-workers also took time to express their sadness. Co-worker Duncan Anderson referred to Haskell as a “really good person,” and also described her as outgoing, fun and good-hearted. Duane Hammons mentioned that Haskell was a big country music fan and said that she had bought package deals to see several concerts and was excited.
A vigil was held in Haskell’s hometown on Thursday night with family and friends in attendance. A tribute was also held for her on Friday at Monroe Central Junior-Senior high school, where she had attended, with cheerleaders wearing her initials on their faces.