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Community praying for Caitlyn Kahlenbeck

The Indiana State Fair tragety is hitting close to home for many in Michiana. Caitlyn Kahlenbeck, 21, was one of the 45 people injured Saturday during the Sugarland concert stage collapse.


Sources tell ABC 57 that Kahlenbeck was in surgery Monday and is in critical but stable condition as of Monday afternoon.


Kahlenbeck is a Mishawaka High School graduate and student at Indiana University-South Bend. Students at IUSB, some who didn't even know Kahlenbeck, are keeping her in their prayers.

“A lot of kids that go to IUSB are local from South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart. You worry about them,” said Anthony Raymond a Senior at IUSB.

“I know a lot of people know her," said Felicia Love, another IUSB student. "It definately could've happened to anybody. I feel for her and her family. My prayers go out to her."

It's not just people at IUSB. Hundreds are also voicing their concerns for Kahlenbeck.

On Facebook, A group named ‘Prayer for Caitlyn Kahlenbeck… Sugarland Concert Victim’ had more than 500 friends Monday.

One friend prays for Caitlin and her family and another says “Love you, I know you can pull through anything, you’re one strong girl.”

“Anytime someone suffers from a serious accident, your thoughts and prayers go out to them, said Raymond. He is concerned but can't help but wonder how the entire thing could have been avoided. "There should probably have more people monitoring the situation.”

ABC 57 did talk to both Mishawaka Schools and the Mishawaka Police Department, where Kahlenbeck's father is a police officer. Niether organization had an official comment but both said they're praying for a quick recovery.

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