Ball State mourns loss of Jennifer Haskell, injured at state fair stage collapse

Topic: College of Applied Sciences and Technology

August 19, 2011

Jennifer "Jenny" Haskell, injured in the Aug. 13 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, died the morning of Aug. 19, 2011. Haskell was a Ball State senior majoring in exercise science. She also served on the campus landscaping crew.

Jenny's father, John Haskell of Muncie, Ind., and her mothers, Mary Haskell and Judy Oakerson, both of Parker City, Ind., issued the following joint statement: "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 the support and prayers during this difficult time. Continued support and prayers for the remaining victims would be greatly appreciated."

"The Ball State community is deeply saddened to learn of Jenny's passing," said President Jo Ann M. Gora. "I extend to her mothers, father, family and friends my deepest sympathies. Jenny was a dedicated student both in and out of the classroom. As the semester begins, I ask that the campus and our visitors take a moment to appreciate her hard work to make campus beautiful as a student landscaper. She took deep pride in her contributions to the campus. And as a passionate Cardinal, she loved cheering for the women's basketball team. The Ball State family will continue to hold Jenny's family and friends and everyone affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers."

Haskell's family asked for respect of their privacy at this difficult time. All media inquiries should be directed to Ball State University communications.

Haskell, who lived in Muncie, was a graduate of Monroe Central Junior-Senior High School, where she was an honor-roll student and member of the school's basketball and softball teams. Haskell planned on becoming an athletic trainer.

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