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O'Brien to Reach Out to Family of Paige Raque

by on October 16, 2012 2:57 PM

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien will send words of support to the family of Paige Raque, the PSU cheerleader who fell 39 feet out of a window of an off-campus apartment Saturday night.

O'Brien was asked about Raque at his weekly Tuesday press conference. The cheerleading squad is a staple at football games, both home and away, and once news of Raque's fall filtered out over the weekend, several members of the Penn State community, including some football players, tweeted out words of encouragement using the hashtag #prayforpaige.

"My heart goes out to Paige and her family, and I feel terrible about that," O'Brien said. "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."

Raque's brother, Parker, a member of the men's gymnastics team, has been providing updates on his sister's condition via Twitter (@RaqueBalboa).

According to Parker's Twitter page, Raque opened her eyes Tuesday morning from the intensive-care unit.

"Resting in God's grace. much more positivity with our family after seeing a little progress today. continue to #prayforpaige #miracleatwork," Parker tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

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Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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