- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A 19-year-old student athlete found dead in a dormitory at Dakota Wesleyan University had bene exhibiting flu-like symptoms, and authorities do not suspect any foul play.

An autopsy indicates Beau Keeter, of Miller, died a natural death, though the investigation is ongoing, according to Mitchell Police Detective Lt. Don Everson,

Keeter was a freshman athletic training student and a member of the basketball team. His roommate found his body in Dayton Hall on Wednesday morning.

Keeter, a standout athlete at Miller, in March was awarded the Bishop Leadership Award, a scholarship for students affiliated with the United Methodist Church who demonstrate strong commitment to youth leadership and pledges to be active in student ministry, according to The Daily Republic.

“If you wanted the definition of a kid with the compass pointing in the right direction in all areas of his life, I’d think that would be Beau,” DWU head basketball coach Matt Wilber told KDLT-TV.



Wilbur said the men’s basketball team spent time together Wednesday to cope with Keeter’s death. Miller High School students on Thursday remembered Keeter with a homecoming week tribute.

“Kids all wore blue, which was Beau’s favorite color, and a lot of kids were putting 34, which was his number, they were putting that on their shirts and they wore athletic shorts just like Beau used to wear,” boys’ basketball coach Bob Waldrop said.

Keeter’s funeral is scheduled Wednesday morning at the armory in Miller.

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