Tributes pour in after 17-year-old Minnesota high school athlete dies in crash

Her vehicle was found early Sunday morning.
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Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a crash that took the life of a 17-year-old Minnesota girl last weekend. 

Paramedics were rushed to the scene of the crash at 5:18 a.m. Sunday, June 2, after a passerby on Hwy. 32 spotted a Chevrolet Malibu upside down in a slough approximately one mile north of Hitterdal, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. 

The victim in the crash has been identified by school officials as 17-year-old Alivia Mortenson, of Ulen. 

According to the Fargo Forum, Mortenson was a three-sport athlete at Ulen-Hitterdal Public School, having just finished her junior year. 

"She was an amazing girl," her father told the Forum. "(It) didn't matter what she did or who she was around. She touched everybody's hearts."

While an investigation to find answers for why her vehicle left the roadway and entered the water continues, her father's words have been echoed in tributes to Mortenson, including one from the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal softball team she starred on. 

"Not only was she our lead off hitter and second baseman she was a beautiful person with a very kind heart and great personality," the team's Twitter account says, adding: "from now on we play for #12." 

The Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal baseball team will be wearing stickers with  Mortenson's initials and jersey number on their helmets during their playoff game Tuesday afternoon against Red Lake County. 

Sacred Heart School will also be wearing pink wristbands with Mortenson's No. 12 on them. 

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