West Fargo student passes away from ALS

Published: Nov. 26, 2019 at 1:43 PM CST
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The West Fargo Public School district says it is with great sadness to say that Ben Merck has passed away.

The school district says that Ben was a well-known and much-loved sophomore at Sheyenne High School who lost his battle with ALS Tuesday morning.

In an email to parents, school officials say 16-year-old Ben Merck was hospitalized with complications from his ALS Monday morning.

Ben was diagnosed with the neuromuscular condition in October. Ben is a former Sheyenne football player, as well as 'a well-known and much-loved sophomore at Sheyenne High School.'

Sheyenne High officials say counselors will be available for students in the library today to deal with this devastating news.

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