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MILFORD — 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.

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