The West Virginia University community wants second-year freshman Ryan Diviney to “stay strong,” “keep fighting” and “you’ve got this.”

The community has come together in support of Diviney’s recovery – to encourage, motivate and pray for him.

Diviney, a 20-year-old general studies major from Ashburn, Va., was seriously injured during an altercation early Saturday (Nov. 7) morning. He remains hospitalized in Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Friends have created a Web site, “Ryan’s Rally” (http://www.ryansrally.org), as a place for friends and loved ones to show support. Family and friends have been posting updates on Diviney’s condition as well as messages of support. People can also donate money through the Web site to help provide for Diviney’s future needs.

Friends and family have also set up a Facebook group, titled “Come Together for Ryan Diviney” as a place to post messages of encouragement.

The messages are being read to Diviney.

“His family appreciates the support of all his friends and the University community as we rally around him to pray and wish for his well being. I encourage everyone to continue to offer support, prayer and encouragement for Ryan and his family,” said Tom Sloane, WVU’s senior associate dean of students.

Officials from WVU’s Office of Student Life, Department of Public Safety and Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services have been present at the hospital to help provide support and counseling.

The Morgantown Police Department is still investigating the incident that led to Diviney’s injuries. Anyone with information is asked to please call the department’s Detective Division at 304-284-7454.

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