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Concert Stage in Indiana Collapses and Claims a Chicago Lesbians Life


  CNN  reported – As a colleague and as a friend, Christina Santiago always had a way  of bringing people together.


That happened yet again on Sunday evening at Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, where Santiago worked for nearly six years. But for the dozens gathered there, this meeting could not have been for a worse reason: They were there to remember the 29-year-old, one of five people killed the previous night when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.

The makeshift memorial service came together less than 24 hours after Santiago was killed, while awaiting a performance from the Atlanta-based country duo Sugarland. Her partner  Alisha Brennon  was severely injured in the incident.

The three-story stage crumpled onto the crowd at the Indiana State Fair within seconds of being slammed by a powerful wind gust, but the disaster that killed a Chicago woman and four other people seemed to unfold “almost in slow motion,” a suburban doctor said Monday.

They had both mentioned being at the concert on Facebook, said Veronica Hernandez, who knew them.

Santiago had called it a “perfect night” for the couple, Hernandez told WGN. Brennon, too, described the evening as “perfect,” Hernandez told the Tribune.  

Brennon and Santiago had been among the first couples to obtain a civil union in Cook County when it became legal earlier this year, Hernandez said.