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State Fair Victim Laid to Rest

8/18/2011

WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin
(WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)

Friends and family laid 51-year-old Nathan Byrd to rest Thursday.  He's one of five people killed in the Indiana State Fair tragedy Saturday night.

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About 150 well-wishers gathered at Calvary Tabernacle Church to say farewell to the man family and friends called "Get It Right Nate."

They say Byrd excelled at much of what he did in life and was kind to everyone. He was a graphic artist and lover of rock & roll and jazz music.

Byrd was a spotlight operator and stage builder. He was perched in the rigging above the stage when the wind hit Saturday and toppled the structure.

Nathan was critically injured in the incident and died at Methodist Hospital early Sunday morning.

Those who knew Nathan called him an optimist and "go to" guy who could correct things.

Byrd was laid to rest at Floral Park Cemetery.

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