(KMSP) - A 17-year-old Burnsville High School student was found dead inside a North Dakota State University residence hall over the weekend. NDSU officials confirmed the boy is not an NDSU student, and Monday afternoon a family attorney identified the boy as Devin Delaney.
"Yesterday the Tom and Kjertsen Delaney family lost their son and brother Devin," the attorney said in a statement. He was a bright young man with a very promising life ahead of him. He was loved by his classmates and was passionate about the games of hockey and lacrosse. He was known for making others smile and had hundreds of friends. As you can expect their family is devastated, and they ask for privacy at this time. They appreciate the outpouring of support from his friends, classmates and the community."
Monday morning, a Twitter post from Burnsville High School athletics said, “There is support available for all of our students in room C180 and the Media Center. Show love today. #BurnsvilleStrong.”
According to KVRR-TV in Fargo, a coroner’s vehicle arrived at Sevrinson Hall on the NDSU campus Saturday, and a university representative confirmed an unresponsive 17-year-old boy was found inside the dorm. Paramedics tried reviving him, but the boy did not survive.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the case, but a campus official said no foul play is suspected.
Statement from NDSU: "NDSU police received notification of an unresponsive 17-year-old male at Sevrinson Hall shortly after noon on Sunday, Sept. 17. Emergency medical services was immediately dispatched and life-saving efforts were performed, but were unsuccessful. There were no apparent signs of foul play and preliminary investigation indicates the deceased was not an active NDSU student. There is no ongoing threat to the campus community. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is the lead agency. Other agencies involved include the NDSU Police, Fargo Police Department and the Cass County Coroner’s Office."