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Students leave final messages for Paterno

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Students leave notes on a cardboard cutout of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the campus of Penn State on Jan. 24.

Mourners waited for hours on Tuesday for the chance to file past Joe Paterno's closed casket at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center during a public viewing session.

There is another public viewing Wednesday, and after that Paterno's family will hold a private funeral and procession through State College.

The 85-year-old Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history, died Sunday of lung cancer. He had been fired just days before learning of his diagnosis in November.

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Mourners wait outside before paying respect to former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno during a public viewing at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the campus of Penn State on Jan. 24.