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Mourners gather for candlelight vigil in memory of Joe Paterno

Latsha, Penn State senior from Northumberland, lights candles on steps of Old Main at Penn State University in State College Reuters

Just as thousands gathered outside Old Main on the campus of Penn State in November to honor victims of sexual abuse in the height of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, more Penn Staters collected outside Beaver Stadium on Sunday to remember the late Joe Paterno.

Paterno, 85, died on Sunday morning. The official cause of death was deemed metastic small cell carcinoma of the lung.

Additionally, mourners made up of students and some former players held an hour-long candlelight vigil outside the campus’ administration building Sunday evening. The crowd sang the alma mater and paid tribute at Paterno’s statue with flowers, letters and the like.

A moment of silence was held before the start of all PSU athletic events on Sunday as well.

In case you missed it, here’s Penn State’s full statement on Paterno’s passing, as well as reactions from around college football.

(Tip of the cap: Yahoo! Sports) 

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14 Responses to “Mourners gather for candlelight vigil in memory of Joe Paterno”
  1. comeonnowguys says: Jan 23, 2012 12:23 AM

    Just as thousands gathered outside Old Main on the campus of Penn State in November to honor victims of sexual abuse in the height of the Jerry Sandusky scandal

    What, no mention of the “We are Penn State” rally on JoePa’s lawn and the riots when he was fired?

    The vigil only happened after the campus was shamed by the rest of the country’s reaction to these two incidents.

  2. turillos says: Jan 23, 2012 12:30 AM

    vigil for sex abuse was planned on Monday, paterno was fired and riot happened Wednesday. those are the facts.

  3. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 23, 2012 12:31 AM

    WE ARE ……PERV STATE
    WE ARE…….PERV STATE

    Lets see, a bunch of students that most likely never met the old accomplice, but will cry and mourn over him.
    Yet not one of them I’m sure has given one second of sympathy or remorse for ANY of the victims.

    This is a sad sad University

  4. phillie4life says: Jan 23, 2012 12:38 AM

    While most of us never met joepa, while tailgating before their home games he would buy hundreds of pizzas for the early morning tailgaters

  5. scott617 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:50 AM

    This obnoxious guy is a total idiot. One specific man harmed those kids, and that one man will suffer the consequences. To condemn an entire University over the actions of one sick man shows how stupid you are. To protest as stupidly like you do kind of tells me you probably got a little “perv” in you. I mean that literally and figuratively.

  6. thraiderskin says: Jan 23, 2012 1:26 AM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:31 AM
    “WE ARE ……PERV STATE
    WE ARE…….PERV STATE

    Lets see, a bunch of students that most likely never met the old accomplice, but will cry and mourn over him.
    Yet not one of them I’m sure has given one second of sympathy or remorse for ANY of the victims.

    This is a sad sad University”

    Yay! 1st Amendment…

  7. hdmoyer says: Jan 23, 2012 2:32 AM

    Besides former faculty and players I would like to thank …Bill Parcells, Mike Ditka, Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Kirk Ferentz, Gary Barta, Lloyd Carr, Bo Pellini, Tom Ozbourne, Pat Fitzgerald, Mike Krzyzewski, Brady Hoke, Barry Alverez, Brett Bielama, Mark Danatonio, Beano Cook, Lou Holtz, Reece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, and I can go on and on who have gave their condolences and support to the Paterno family.

  8. blueglaze says: Jan 23, 2012 6:46 AM

    Obnoxious… Ive never met you and I really despise you. Piss off

  9. gmsingh says: Jan 23, 2012 7:22 AM

    When are they holding the bags of flaming poop vigil?

  10. righton989 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:02 AM

    Slamn’ Slappy Sandy sez, “Thanks Joey for allowing me full access to the PSU showers where I raped those kids. After all you made millions with my connections at Second Mile. Too bad you checked out before the civil lawsuits could show the depth of your involvement. RIH.”

  11. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:31 AM

    I read this posting to see how many people would trash PSU and JoPa. It amazes me that so there are so many mean spirited people who subscribe to CFT. JoPa was great coach and human being. He did a lot to help numerous people. His downfall was that he thought the people who he reported to were handling the Sandusky matter properly. JoPa will be missed by thousands.

  12. dirtyharry1971 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    here is yet another example of a penn state clown who doesnt know his facts. this case was about more then 1 person!! The cover up involved in this is so big we dont even know everything yet!! Get a clue!!

    scott617 says:Jan 23, 2012 12:50 AM

    This obnoxious guy is a total idiot. One specific man harmed those kids, and that one man will suffer the consequences. To condemn an entire University over the actions of one sick man shows how stupid you are. To protest as stupidly like you do kind of tells me you probably got a little “perv” in you. I mean that literally and figuratively

  13. illcomm says: Jan 23, 2012 10:57 AM

    PSU is the ultimate story of greed over anything. Self preservation and money were the only reasons to cover the abuses up. PSU has no creditbility. Come on, Sandusky was invited to the Presidents box for a game two weeks before the grand jury report wad released. PSU and all involved in sweeping the sexual abuse that happened so often on the campus is unforgivable. Also, the land that was given to the Second mile charity after the first incident years before that is unspeakable. Not only did PSU’s inactions allowed the further abuse to take place, they supported the cinitued existance if the charity that brought the children in that Sandusky preyed upon. PSU, Paterno, and countless others, although they did not commit the acts themselves, supported the horrible acts to continue for almost 15 years or more.

  14. inconsonance says: Jan 23, 2012 4:17 PM

    dirtyharry1971: “The cover up involved in this is so big we dont even know everything yet!!”

    How do you know if we know everything? Not knowing precludes you from having any certainty regarding whether all the facts are in, does it not? We can’t know that we don’t know everything because we don’t know, you know?

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