Community comes together for Cirque du Soleil performer
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An emotional gathering was held Wednesday evening to remember the Cirque Du Soleil performer who fell to her death over the weekend, during a performance of KA at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Friends, co-workers and even complete strangers gathered to remember Sarah Guillot-Guyard. To many of them, she was much more than a Cirque performer. Sarah also taught acrobatics to hundreds of children in the Valley. The passion she had for her craft, and that she shared with this community, is now her legacy.
"The thing all of us are going to remember about Sarah, is just what a truly good person, great mom, and great friend she was," said James Wong, the co-owner of Fit Labs/Studio 222, a gym where Sarah taught some of her classes.
Families gathered inside that gym near Durango and Flamingo, to share memories of Sarah. Some of Sarah's young students were also there. Although, many of them don't yet fully grasp what happened.
"I think for a lot of the younger students it's hard," Wong said. "It's hard to understand that Sarah isn't coming back to teach class. I think that's probably the toughest thing right now."
Another heart-break, comes from thinking about Sarah's own children, an 8-year-old girl, and 5-year-old boy. The two often came with their mom to class.
"My son asked what will happen to Sarah's son," said Cindy Jackson. "He told me I should help be his mom now. I told him she will always be their mom."
Investigators said Sarah slipped free of a safety wire and fell 90 feet to her death, during a performance of KA Saturday night.
Just a few hours earlier, she was with some of her students.
"That Saturday she put on an amazing performance with the kids," Jackson said. "It was to mark the end of the class. The kids put on these little circus acts. Sarah was so excited."
It wasn't just families who showed up for the memorial. Many fellow performers were also there. For them, it's a devastating reminder of just how dangerous their jobs really are.
"Of course it affects us because we do the same kinds of things that she did," said Pauline Chydzinski, a performer with La Reve. "After what happened, going back on stage, and being hooked up, you have that fear that wasn't as strong before. You think a lot more about what could happen."
OSHA is investigating the accident. The show itself has been canceled until further notice.
Friends told Action News that Sarah's kids are with their father, who is Sarah's ex-husband, and also a performer in KA. They are everyone's top priority right now.
Sarah is originally from France. Her relatives who live there are on their way to Las Vegas.
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