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U. of Mary football player dies in dorm room

BISMARCK -- A University of Mary football player found unconscious on a dormitory floor died at a hospital here Sunday. Dusten W. Gailey, 19, of Green River, Wyo., died at about 4 a.m., about an hour after students alerted university staff of his...

BISMARCK -- A University of Mary football player found unconscious on a dormitory floor died at a hospital here Sunday.

Dusten W. Gailey, 19, of Green River, Wyo., died at about 4 a.m., about an hour after students alerted university staff of his condition, officials said.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Sgt. Greg Bohrer of the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department said authorities tried to revive Gailey after finding him on the dorm room's floor early Sunday.

"He didn't respond to us trying to wake him so CPR was administered," Bohrer said.

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An ambulance took Gailey to Bismarck's MedCenter One, where he was pronounced dead.

University officials said counselors and staff from the school's ministry were on campus to assist students.

About 2,600 students were enrolled at the university this fall.

"It's a difficult time for students on campus as the news is getting out," said Tim Seaworth, Mary's vice president for student development.

Seaworth said university officials had contacted Gailey's family.

A memorial service was being planned on the Mary campus and students were encouraged to bring cards for the family or sign a book of condolences at the school's Benet Chapel, officials said.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Gailey was a freshman linebacker on the university's football team. Al Bortke, Mary's athletic director, said he met with the team and its coaching staff Sunday.

"We try to base our athletic program on the family value," Bortke said. "There was a lot of shock."

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The Mary football team defeated Minot State University 27-6 in Minot Saturday afternoon, and returned to Bismarck later in the day.

There is no word yet on the status of Mary's scheduled home game this coming Saturday against Jamestown College.

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