AUDIO: AJ Pasquale finds comfort at UCLA after death of brother Nick

Almost a year ago, UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale died in a tragic car accident. His older brother, AJ, is now a recruiting and operations quality control intern for the Bruins.

Here’s the full story on how AJ has dealt with Nick’s passing, which is featured in Friday’s sports section in the Daily News and other Los Angeles News Group newspapers.

Below is an abridged version of his interview, including several quotes that weren’t included in the story:

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Nick Pasquale’s brother, A.J., to become football intern

A.J. Pasquale, brother of deceased UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale, will join the Bruins as a full-time intern. Nick died in September when he was struck by a car in San Clemente.

Since Nick’s death, head coach Jim Mora has reiterated that he would continue to support the Pasquale family and to keep them close to the program.

A.J. tweeted Tuesday night that he accepted the internship offer.

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Nick Pasquale’s No. 36 painted on Rose Bowl turf

Nick Pasquale's No. 36 at Rose Bowl

Nick Pasquale’s No. 36 will now be on the Rose Bowl turf for the rest of the season. The walk-on receiver died Sept. 8 when a car struck him in his hometown of San Clemente, and the Bruins have since rallied to honor his memory.

The school is selling blue No. 36 T-shirts that will benefit the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The first batch of T-shirts, donated by adidas, were close to sold out two hours before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. More will be available at the UCLA student store and online.

The Bruins also talked about Pasquale in an ESPN segment:

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Nick Pasquale memorabilia available at UCLA’s Saturday game

UCLA is still doing its best to preserve the memory of receiver Nick Pasquale, who was struck by a car and killed last week. When the Bruins face New Mexico State at home this Saturday, fans will be able to buy T-shirts bearing Pasquale’s No. 36.

The shirts were donated by adidas, and proceeds from the sale will go to the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The first 30,000 fans will also receive a free blue towel with Pasquale’s No. 36 on it. Head coach Jim Mora asked that the towel be waved after the moment of silence.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Bruins will also add No. 36 to the Rose Bowl turf for the season, and present a framed jersey his family at halftime.

UPDATE: The shirts will go on sale in the student store and online after the New Mexico State game. Because adidas will no longer donate shirts, at least 40 percent of proceeds will go to the Nick Pasquale Foundation — rather than the 100 percent from Saturday’s sale.

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