The campus of Penn State University is again coping with a tragedy after a female student fell five stories from a window and suffered a serious brain injury.
Sophomore cheerleader Paige Raque fell Saturday 39 feet out of a fifth-story window at Calder Commons, an off-campus apartment building. She is now in critical condition at a local hospital; there has been no short-term or long-term prognosis as of yet.
“This morning she did show some signs of movement,” Randy Jepson, who is acting as the family's spokeman, told Yahoo Sports, on Tuesday. Jepson coaches Paige’s older brother, Parker, on the Penn State gymnastics team. He is also the father of her freshman-year roommate.
“She did open her eyes a bit,” Jepson said. “It is a very slow recovery process.”
Raque, 19, graduated last year from the Christian Academy in Louisville, Kentucky.
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 news 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; however, all signs point toward it being accidental.
Support for Raque poured 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.”
Her brother, Parker Raque, tweeted on Tuesday, “I just know that God is going to heal my sister/bestfriend in due time. He loves his children and is the Almighty Healer.”