Milford, gymnastics community put support behind family of Melanie Coleman

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A huge outpouring of support has come in for the friends and family of the Southern Connecticut State University gymnast who died following a fall during practice.

Melanie Coleman died Sunday after slipping off the uneven bars. She was a Milford native who graduated from Jonathan Law High School.

Coleman's family released a statement saying in part, "She was and will continue to be our light and love. She was a loving daughter, sister, cousin, teammate and best friend. We are confident that her spirit, laughter and humor will live on through the ones who loved her most...We are humbled by the outpouring support from our Milford community (our small town with a big heart) and beyond."

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The 20-year-old was an All-State gymnast and a captain for her Jonathan Law team. Her death has gained national attention as friends and members of the gymnastics community nationwide have reacted on social media.

Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin expressed her condolences, saying the whole gymnastics family is thinking about them.

Coleman's former high school is offering counseling to current and former students who have been affected by the tragic accident.

 

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