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Fairport cheerleaders are gone too soon

Cheerleaders are athletes too, and the deaths of five in Fairport, N.Y., is tough to take. Story

Updated: July 3, 2007, 9:37 AM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

I do not have a grasp of death. Never have.

I didn't grasp death when, as a 14-year-old boy in 1986, I called the 99-cent Sports Hotline and heard, "New Boston Celtic Len Bias has apparently died of a cocaine overdose." I didn't grasp death when, in 1999, I saw my 85-year-old grandmother lying on her bed, eyes closed, mouth slightly ajar, lifeless.

I sure can't grasp death now.

As I write this, I am staring at the MySpace page of Sara Monnat -- a person I have never ...

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