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College freshman dies playing basketball

October 7, 2009 7:16:43 AM PDT
Authorities are investigating what caused a 17-year-old freshman to collapse and die while playing in a basketball game at his college on Long Island. A spokeswoman for Farmingdale State College says Dominic Murray of East Elmhurst in Queens died during an informal game Monday night. Local firefighters say he could not be resuscitated.

The Nassau County Medical Examiner's office says it is investigating Murray's death.

Melinda Murray, his mother, released a statement through the university saying Murray "loved basketball, loved to compete, and she was very proud of him."

Dominic Murray was a freshman basketball recruit from Monsignor McClancy High School. He had not declared a major.

Farmingdale State College says it is providing grief counselors for students.

Funeral services for Murray have not yet been announced.

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