The band hopes music can "provide comfort and facilitate healing" as they go back on tour

By Sara Hammel
August 16, 2011 03:45 PM
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Sugarland wants to recognize the five people who died in a stage collapse at an Indiana fair Saturday while they waited for the band to perform.

“We are in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana, to honor those fans who died,” the band said in a statement Tuesday. “We would first like to hold space so that their families can have time to go through their own services and memorials.”

“Until that time we are holding vigil for them,” the statement continues. “We join them on their mourning benches.”

Band members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are also struggling to come to terms with the tragedy on Saturday, when high winds caused the collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, killing five people and injuring about 40 more.

“We have taken a couple of days to try and even begin to emotionally process the magnitude and gravity of the tragedy in Indiana on Saturday,” the statement reads, adding, “We are also addressing our own specific healing.”