Minnesota Teen Found Dead in NDSU Dorm

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – A 17-year-old boy, identified as Devin Delaney, of Burnsville, Minn., was found dead Sunday, inside a North Dakota State University residence hall.

It seemed like another typical Saturday night.

“We just heard a lot of noise outside our dorm room,” said Feyisayo Ayobamidele, a NDSU freshman.

But just after noon on Sunday, a coroner’s vehicle was seen outside Sevrinson Hall.

A NDSU representative told KVRR News Delaney was found unresponsive inside. Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

Off camera, some indicated he was a high school student visiting friends for the night. NDSU officials confirmed that the boy was not a NDSU student.

“There weren’t really a lot of parties, so people were coming back to the dorms around 12:00 a.m. because there was nothing else to do,” said Ayobamidele. “Which is unusual for a Saturday night because people will typically go out and stay out, but people were coming in.”

Students said they heard a lot of noise by the residence hall overnight, but didn’t think much of it.

“You could tell there were boys and girls outside talking very loudly,” said Samantha Torborg, a freshman. “They were probably drunk or something and came home from a party or whatever.”

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the case, but a campus official told KVRR that no foul play is suspected.

“Take care of your friends,” Ayobamidele said.

“Don’t over drink. Know your limit,” Torborg said.

A NDSU representative says there is no ongoing threat to the campus or the surrounding community.

A family spokesperson released a statement saying:

Yesterday the Tom and Kjertsen Delaney family lost their son and brother Devin. 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 100’s of friends.

As you can expect, their family is devestated and they ask for privacy at this time. They appreciate the outpouring of support from his friends, classmates and the community. Again, we ask for privacy at this time as the family deals with this tragedy.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral expenses and has raised $11,000 of a $12,000 goal.

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