The campus of Penn State University is once brought to hard times as one of its student athletes has sustained a life-threatening injury.
On Saturday night, sophomore cheerleader Paige Raque fell 39 feet out of a fifth-story window in the apartment building where she lives. She is now in critical condition at a local hospital where there has been no short-term or long-term prognosis as of yet.
“This morning she did show some signs of movement,” Randy Jepson told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. Jepson, who is acting as the Raque family spokesman according to the news outlet, coaches Paige’s older brother, Parker, on the Penn State gymnastics team. He is also the father of Paige’s freshman year roommate.
“She did open her eyes a bit,” Jepson said. “It is a very slow recovery process.”
Just 19-years-old, Raque is from Louisville, where she attended the Christian Academy.
In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Jepson described the Penn State cheerleader as a “very fun-loving” girl with “a lot of spark” and “a great smile.”
“She has so many friends and family supporting her. We’re just hoping things turn around for her,” he added.
Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday he would reach out to the Raque family.
“My heart goes out to Paige and her family and I feel terrible about that,” O’Brien said during a 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.”
Jepson said Raque has cheered at home football games this year and she is a “die-hard Penn Stater.”
Reports indicate that State College police are investigating the fall which all signs point toward being accidental.
Despite the ongoing investigation into the incident, upport is flooding in from football players, cheerleaders, and other well-wishers across the country under the Twitter hashtag #prayforpaige.
“There seems to be a groundswell developing,” Jepson said. “When tragedy strikes, people show their true colors.”
“I just know that God is going to heal my sister/bestfriend in due time,” Parker Raque tweeted Tuesday. “He loves his children and is the almighty healer.”
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