2 schools unite in grief over tragic student deaths

Students in Shakopee and Burnsville have experienced tragedy in recent weeks.
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Two Minnesota schools grieving over the tragic deaths of students joined together to pay tribute this week.

Students and parents at both Burnsville and Shakopee high schools have been dealing with the loss of beloved classmates the past few weeks, and they rallied to support each other on Tuesday evening.

The two high schools went head to head in volleyball and soccer, with a ceremony prior to the volleyball game seeing each team hold "#BurnsvilleStrong" and "#ShakoStrong" banners at either end of the court.

Rather than the national anthem, those in attendance – who were asked to wear white in tribute – recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Similar tribute was paid at the soccer game, with those in attendance also wearing white in honor of Ja'Mason Moffett, Dee Anna Thompson and Devin Delaney.

Double tragedy in Burnsville

Burnsville High School senior Devin Delaney was found dead in a dorm room at NDSU at the weekend, with officials not revealing how he died but saying there's no signs of foul play.

The 17-year-old was a star athlete, playing both lacrosse and hockey, with those who knew him flooding social media with tributes following his death.

FOX 9 reports that a petition has been launched, which has gained more than 2,000 signatures, requesting that his No. 6 jersey be retired.

A GoFundMe account set up to help his family with funeral expenses has raised more than $23,000, surpassing its $20,000 target.

Just a few weeks earlier, 15-year-old Burnsville student Dee Anna Thompson tragically died following an asthma attack.

According to her GoFundMe page, she suffered the severe attack on Sept. 1, which led to cardiac arrest.

She was placed on life support after 90 minutes of resuscitation efforts, but was declared legally braindead two days later.

#ShakoStrong

The Shakopee community has been in mourning over the past week following the death of JaMason Moffett in a car crash.

The 16-year-old junior was in a car that overturned into a ditch, with four of his friends also seriously injured in the crash.

As well as the tribute at the volleyball game Tuesday, this past Friday those attending the Shakopee High School football game wore white to honor Moffett.

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