Victims of Indiana State Fair tragedy remembered by loved ones

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Several of those injured after a stage collapsed during a concert at the Indiana State Fair are still in area hospitals.

As two Indianapolis families mourn the loss of loved ones killed Saturday, others hope for the recovery of friends and family injured by the tragic event.

Around 10 patients are still here at IU Methodist Hospital, and three children are at Riley Hospital for Children.

On Monday morning, those who lost loved ones are talking about how their loved ones will be remembered.

When the stage came crashing down Saturday, most of the injured were trapped beneath it.

However, 51-year-old Nate Byrd was up in the rigging.  Byrd was a stage hand who lost his life on Sunday morning.

“He had a lot of friends and everybody loved Nate, and he was very good at what he did,” said one of Nate’s loved ones.

Also working on Saturday was 49-year-old Glenn Goodrich, who was hired as a security guard.  Goodrich leaves behind two sons and a wife.

During the week, Goodrich worked for an underwater systems company.

Neighbors say he took pride in protecting others.  They say he was a former police officer who set up a neighborhood watch in their area.

In Fort Wayne, friends gathered for a vigil for 23-year-old Alina Bigjohnny.  Friends say she was getting ready to start the school year as a teacher.

“Always had a smile on her face no matter bad day, good day,” said Bigjohnny’s friend.

In the Chicago area, shock swept through the softball team that one victim was a part of.

Friends grieved the loss of 29-year-old Christina Santiago, who was crushed beneath the stage Saturday while on vacation in Indianapolis.

Those remembered after Indiana State Fair’s tragedy:

Tammy Vandam, 42, Wanatah, Ind.

Glenn Goodrich, 49, Indianapolis, Ind.

Alina Bigjohny, 23, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Christina Santiago, 29, Chicago, Ill.

Nathan Byrd, 51, Indianapolis, Ind.