By Esme Murphy


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An investigation is underway in Fargo after a 17-year-old boy from the south metro died in a dorm over the weekend on the North Dakota State University campus.

According to administrators at Burnsville High School, 17-year-old Devin Delaney was a senior at the school who was visiting friends at the college over the weekend.

Police say Delaney was found unresponsive in a dorm room in Sevrinson Hall at around 12 p.m. First responders tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

An NDSU student from Minnesota tells WCCO that he saw Delaney at 11 p.m. Saturday night at the JCI music Festival in Fargo and that Delaney was laughing and having a good time.

Another NDSU student has told WCCO that he also saw Delaney at the concert around 11 and that he later saw him back at the dorm at about 12:30 a.m. Both students said they did not see Delaney drinking alcohol, and that he seemed coherent at the time.

On Monday morning, social media was filled with condolences and postings of loss under the hashtag #BurnsvilleStrong. The school says counselors will be available throughout the day to provide support for students.

Friends at Burnsville High School remembered Delaney as a three-sport athlete who excelled at lacrosse and a friendly classmate who always had a kind word.

Devin Delaney (credit: CBS)

“He was such a positive kid,” Burnsville student Justin Amaker said. “He brightened everyone’s day, he brightened every room he walked into — such a positive kid. He’ll be remembered for his positivity.”

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating. The cause of his death remains unknown, but investigators say there are no signs of foul play.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with the family’s expenses. Click here to make a donation.

Esme Murphy

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