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Ogdensburg police investigate teen’s death


Ogdensburg police are investigating the death of an Ogdensburg Free Academy 11th-grader that occurred Friday.

The investigation into the death of Morgan J. Gagnon, 17, is ongoing, and city police could provide no information about what happened.

Ogdensburg City School District Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said even though school is no longer in session, the district will offer counseling to any family members, students, faculty and staff who need to talk to someone.

Grief counselors coordinated through Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley will be available in the school library from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

“Obviously whenever we lose a young person it’s the whole community that grieves,” he said. “It’s a very, very sad day.”

OFA’s graduation ceremony is Saturday at noon. Mr. Vernsey said many members of the Class of 2014 knew Miss Gagnon, who was a cheerleader, and those in attendance will observe a brief moment of silence.

“To my knowledge, she was very well liked,” he said. “The administrators who knew her told me she was a very positive student, pretty much a model student.”

He said it is always difficult for the district to cope with the loss of one of its own, but school officials are doing what they can to help the community come to grips with the loss.

“It’s just a sad, sad time for the school system and the entire community,” he said.

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