Police release names of five killed in Indiana State Fair stage accident

Glenn Goodrich

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State Police released the names of those killed in Saturday night's stage accident at the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Nathan Byrd, 51, was a stage hand from Indianapolis who died at Methodist Hospital as a result of injuries he sustained in the accident. His sister in Mooresville told Eyewitness News Byrd loved his job.

"He liked being high and looking down at the concert and dimming the lights. He was the best light man they had," said Marilyn Barfield.

Barfield says their father talked to Nathan before the concert, unaware of the violent storm headed his way.

"I wish they got those guys down. You know, a storm comes and that's high, 80 feet in the air, they should have come down off the stage like that," she said.

She describes her brother as a gifted artist and huge sports fan who loved the Colts, but most of all, he loved his two teenage children.

"If it wasn't the parks or museum, they were at the zoo, or home playing a game, or studying their school work," Barfield said.

Another victim, 51-year-old Glenn Goodrich, was remembered by friends Sunday. Sandy Check was at the concert as the stage came crashing down, but she didn't know her neighbor was there, too, right in the middle of it.

"A big wind kicked up and, at the same time, everyone started screaming," said Check. "There was just a flood of people down there, rushing and screaming."

Goodrich was working security. Unlike Check, he never made it home. He died at Methodist Hospital.

Check and Bill Miller, another neighbor, say just about everyone along their north side street knew Goodrich, a husband and father of two young children.

"I've known him ever since he moved in. He's been one heck of a guy, a really good family man, takes care of his kids, he cleans up everything," Miller said.

"We always knew he was there. You could count on him, he helped with the neighborhood watch when that started and got him going," said Check.

Miller heard Goodrich saved a mother and her young daughter before he was killed. While that information hasn't been confirmed, it wouldn't surprise Miller.

"He would put his life down for anyone. That's the way he was," he said.

Alina Bigjohny, 23 of Fort Wayne, was recently hired to teach seventh grade English at Wilson Middle School in Muncie. She also died at the scene of the accident.

"She was just at Wilson Friday readying her room for the first day of school on Aug. 22," Muncie Schools spokesperson Christy Luellen told the Muncie Star Press Sunday. 

Two other victims died at the scene. The Marion County coroner has identified them as Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah, Indiana and Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago, Illinois.

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