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Vigil to mark anniversary of Joe Paterno's death

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 22 2013 08:05:11 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 22 2013 11:32:14 AM CST
Joe Paterno
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -

Supporters of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno are marking the one-year anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil.

The Hall of Fame coach died of lung cancer on Jan. 22, 2012, at age 85. On Tuesday, supporters are holding a vigil at a mural in State College that includes a depiction of Paterno. A family spokesman has said the Paternos would not participate.

Organizers say they will light 409 candles, one for each of Paterno's victories before 111 were stripped as part of NCAA sanctions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse and is serving a lengthy prison sentence. His arrest tarnished Penn State's storied football program and led to Paterno's firing.