Friends, family mourn gymnast who died after accident
MILFORD (AP) — Friends and family have gathered to mourn the death of a college gymnast from Connecticut who died after a training accident.
The Connecticut Post reports that more than 200 people attended a private funeral service for Melanie Coleman on Saturday at St. Mary Church in Milford. Crowds watched as a silver-blue coffin topped with white flowers was carried from the church after the service.
The Southern Connecticut State University gymnast suffered a spinal cord injury while practicing at a facility in Hamden on Nov. 8. She was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, where she died two days later.
The Milford native was a junior nursing student. She was a former All-State gymnast in high school.
More than 1,600 people have donated more than $75,000 to help her family.
Stories that may interest you
The Rev. Al Sharpton has vowed to fight for answers for the family of a 19-year-old Connecticut man killed by a state trooper earlier this month
The Yale Model United Nations conference that draws high school students from around the world was shut down a day early over concerns about the coronavirus after a student from China fell ill with what is apparently the flu
The Maine Warden Service says a Connecticut woman was killed when her snowmobile crashed at the edge of a frozen pond, ejecting her from the machine
A federal judge has ruled that two University of Connecticut students cannot be kicked out of university housing while their First Amendment lawsuit is in progress