Life Without Alina BigJohny

By WISE Web News

August 12, 2012 Updated Aug 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – It's been one year since the horrific stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. A family member of one of the victims talked about what life has been like without her sister.

The past year has been rough for Christy Collins and her family.

"Up until the last couple of months, our family is starting to come out of shock just because of how it happened, how sudden it was,” she said.

A year ago Monday, marks the anniversary of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse; the day Collins lost her sister, 23-year-old Alina BigJohny of Fort Wayne, along with six others.

Countless articles say the victims’ families received thousands of dollars from the state to compensate for their loss, but Collins says it's not the money that matters.

"They haven't really offered their condolence. If it was me, I would've been the first one to hug every family member and offer my condolence."

But the community has made up for it, lending support any way they can, sending cards, emails, and setting up an education fund for the aspiring teacher's nephew, TJ.

"I didn't realize how many people she had touched, even if she just knew them for a day, a week."

Collins says she hasn't gotten in touch with the other victims, but they're always her heart.

Collins, "I still, every single night, pray that God gives us all the strength because even though it seems like a year to everybody, to the families that went through it, and friends, it doesn't seem like a year. It seems like maybe a couple weeks, a month."

Collins says she’s never been to the Indiana State Fair, but she and her family plan on attending the fair Monday for a moment of silence. The moment will be held at precisely 8:46 p.m., when the initial accident happened.

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