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16-year-old Shanley student dies overnight, Fargo police investigating

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FARGO - Police have released the name of a 16-year-old Shanley High School sophomore who was found dead in his home overnight.

The student, Nicholas Lee Bailey of Fargo, was involved in a hit during a football game Monday, but it's not known if it contributed to his death, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.

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Bailey was an offensive and defensive lineman for the Deacons' junior varsity team, which played Grand Forks Central on Monday in Fargo, Shanley head coach Steve Laqua said.

According to the officer's report, Bailey's mother told police he had talked about a "big hit" he made on the other team during the game, Lykken said.

Bailey's mother told police her son went to bed about 10:30 p.m., Lykken said.

Fargo police and F-M Ambulance responded to a report of a boy not breathing in his room at 2:40 a.m. today in the 1700 block of 10th Street South.

Foul play is not suspected in the boy's death, Lykken said.

The body was sent to Bismarck for an autopsy. Preliminary results are expected within a few days, Lykken said.

Shanley has put its grief response plan into action, spokeswoman Tanya Watterud said.

Fargo Public Schools spokesman Lowell Wolff said the district is providing additional counselors for Shanley students at the request of Shanley Superintendent Kyle Edgerton.

The roster for this year's Deacons football team listed Bailey as standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 185 pounds.

Shanley celebrated Mass this morning in honor of Bailey, Edgerton said.

Shanley's varsity squad is scheduled to play Wahpeton on Friday, but it hasn't been decided whether the game will be played, Laqua said.

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