Saskatchewan teen found dead in basement

One teenage boy is dead and another is in hospital after being discovered unconscious Friday in a home in Melville, Sask., east of Regina.

MELVILLE, Sask. — One teenage boy is dead and another is in hospital after being discovered unconscious Friday in a home in Melville, Sask., east of Regina.

RCMP officials say when their officers arrived at the home, Liam Bjornerud, 14, was found dead in a basement bedroom. A 13-year-old boy was found unconscious and taken to hospital in Regina for treatment.

RCMP say there was no obvious sign of trauma and they will likely have to wait for toxicology results to determine the cause of death. An autopsy is to be performed Monday.

The tragedy has hit hard with many youngsters who went to school with the boys.

“Liam was a really nice guy,” said classmate Kelsey Kurtz. “He was in our class and we’re all going to miss him.

“I started crying, like most people probably would. I was really sad and upset.”

Kurtz said her friend has recently been dealing with a tragedy of his own.

“His dad had cancer and I guess he died a couple of weeks ago,” she explained.

There has been a lot of speculation in the community about the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death, but RCMP aren’t confirming anything.

“At this time the matter still remains under investigation,” said Const. Rich Wittal.

The Good Spirit School Division in Melville will have support services in place for students and family on Monday.

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