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Candlelight vigil held for FIU student in coma

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Family and friends gathered in a show of support for a young South Florida woman who is in a coma after she apparently fell from a bridge while running.

In prayer, more then 100 people gathered on Wednesday afternoon to support 22-year-old Cristina Gomez.

Gomez, a Florida International University student, has been in a coma since Monday night at Kendall Regional Medical Center after she somehow fell off a bridge on Southwest 104th Street and 149th Avenue while running.

Gomez was found under the bridge. She suffered a scull fracture, broken ribs, arm, back and other injuries. "I know she's going to make it. I don't think, I don't know. I know she will," said her brother Alex Gomez.

Miami-Dade Police believe this was an accident, but her family is not convinced because she runs the route often. "I think something happened. What happened? I don't know," said Gomez' aunt Ana Marquez. "I don't believe this is an accident. I don't believe she just slipped and fell."

Gomez is a religious person and the people who she often gathers to pray with are hoping their prayers will heal her. "I'm here because I believe in prayer," said Gomez' second grade teacher, Mariana Gasteli, "and I believe in the power of prayer, and my wish and my hope is that my Lord heals her."

Gomez' family wants anyone with any information to come forward.

Another candlelight vigil will be held at FIU's Graham Center at 7 p.m., Thursday.

Gomez' prognosis is uncertain at this time.

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