Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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O'Brien will reach out to family of Penn State cheerleader

Bill O'Brien intends to reach out to the family of Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque, who is intensive care after falling five stories out of a window at an off-campus apartment on Saturday night.

O'Brien will reach out to family of Penn State cheerleader

Bill O'Brien intends to reach out to the family of Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque, who is intensive care after falling five stories out of a window at an off-campus apartment on Saturday night. 

Support for the 19-year-old has poured in from the campus community. The hashtag #prayforpaige was tweeted by students, members of the Penn State community and Nittany Lion football players.

"Just said my prayers of course had to pray for Paige," senior cornerback Stephon Morris posted to his personal Twitter account on Sunday."

O'Brien plans on extending his support, as well.

"My heart goes out to Paige and her family, and I feel terrible about that," the coach said at his weekly press conference. "When I get back over there I'll make some calls and make sure that their family understands. I know her brother is a great gymnast here, and it's a terrible thing. Like I said, my heart goes out to that family."

According to Raque's brother, Parker, the captain of the Penn State men's cheerleading team, the 19-year-old opened her eyes on Tuesday morning.

"Resting in God's grace. much more positivity with our family after seeing a little progress today. contnue to #prayforpaige #miracleatwork," he tweeted from his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.

-Emily Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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