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Ogdensburg mourns teen’s death


The community is mourning the loss of a popular Ogdensburg Free Academy student who apparently took her own life Friday at the age of 17.

St. Lawrence County Coronor Kevin J. Crosby confirmed that he was called to 619 Albany Ave., the home of Morgan J. Gagnon, on Friday, and ruled the 17-year-old’s death to be a suicide.

He said an autopsy was performed Saturday morning by Dr. Samuel J. Livingstone, but the official results have not yet been made public.

Ogdensburg City Police are investigating, but as of Saturday had not issued any details surrounding the teen’s death.

Miss Gagnon, an 11th-grader and member of the OFA cheerleading squad, died on the eve of high school commencement celebrations. Prior to the start of graduation ceremonies Saturday at the Edgar A. Newell II Memorial Golden Dome, OFA High School Principal Cynthia L. Tuttle asked those in attendance to bow their heads in a moment of silence. She said after commencement that she felt it was important to give those in attendance a chance to reflect on the loss publicly.

“It would have been wrong not to say something,” Mrs. Tuttle said. “But we didn’t want it to be the focal point.”

Funeral arrangements for Miss Gagnon are incomplete with the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Condolences may also be shared with her family online at

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