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SYRACUSE - A Lewis County native living in Syracuse died following a fight with his boyfriend, who has been charged with manslaughter.

Authorities say police and emergency crews were called shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a medical emergency at a home on Wendell Terrace. When they arrived, they found Dale C. Schantz, 36, a native of Naumburg, in cardiac arrest.

Mr. Schantz was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses told police that David Davis, 29, and Mr. Schantz had fought and that Mr. Schantz collapsed during the altercation. Police say Mr. Davis then left the scene.

An autopsy by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that the death was a homicide and that the altercation contributed to the victim’s death.

Mr. Davis was arraigned Thursday on a charge of second-degree manslaughter and is being held without bail.

Court papers said Mr. Schantz died from “strangulation, with a contributing factor being cardiac arrest,” but police said it was not a deliberate murder, according to The Post-Standard.

Police told the newspaper they had not received other calls to that address for incidents involving the pair.

Mr. Schantz, the son of Thomas and Catherine Roy Schantz, Naumburg, was a 1997 graduate of Beaver River Central School, Beaver Falls. He was employed as a floor specialist at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.

Before moving to Syracuse, he had worked in several places throughout the north country, including Amelio’s in Watertown and the Lowville P&C, and had owned and operated a mini mart in Massena.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Naumburg Union Cemetery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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