(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A sixth person injured in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse died over the weekend.
Twenty-two-year-old Ball State University student Jennifer Haskell died at an Indianapolis hospital Friday, nearly a week after the tragedy.
Haskell’s family said "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 would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers during this difficult time. Continued support and prayers from the remaining victims would be greatly appreciated."
Meanwhile, the first of what is likely to be many lawsuits was filed Friday. The wrongful death lawsuit is on behalf of the same-sex partner of a northwest Indiana woman who was killed.
Valparaiso attorney Kenneth J. Allen is representing Janeen Urschel and the estate of Urschel's partner Tammy VanDam. Allen is seeking damages from the state for VanDam's 17-year-old daughter and Urschel, saying his suit will challenge the state for not recognizing same-sex partners as beneficiaries in a wrongful death case.
Allen said the tragedy "could and should have been prevented."
VanDam was attending the Sugarland concert with Haskell and another victim killed, Andrea Bigjohnny, of Fort Wayne.
The three are reported to have been close friends.
The suit names the Indiana State Fair, the State of Indiana, and companies involved in putting on the concert.