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Texas Tech Freshman Found Dead on Eve of First Classes

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(WFAA) -- It was one of Dalton Debrick's dreams to attend Texas Tech University.

Days after arriving in Lubbock, and 24 hours before his freshman classes would begin, the 18-year-old student from Irving was found dead Sunday morning at an off-campus residence.

The Lubbock Police Department is investigating the circumstances around Debrick's sudden death. An autopsy is underway along with toxicology tests.

Debrick enjoyed his YouTube channel, but loved nothing more than Tech.

“He did,” confirmed Joel Donalson, head basketball coach at Irving's Nimitz High, where Debrick graduated in 2014. “I saw some pictures of him early in his life. He had his Tech shirts on. That was one of his dreams.”

Dalton was about to live that dream. His mom was proud, too, and posted pictures on her Facebook page.

Friends said she drove him to Lubbock last week.

Days later, she is now returning to retrieve his body.

"Man it's just a really tough time for the family and friends trying to make sense of it, and of course you can't," Donalson added.

Debrick was 18 and starting life on his own.

Hearts are also heavy in Irving as classes began at Nimitz.

"He had fun,” Donalson said. “He was a really good student. Also, he was a really good person; that's the main thing. People liked him."

Debrick's family was active in school athletics, Donalson said.

Dalton Debrick played baseball, worked at the YMCA in Irving and just a few weeks ago his family took a cruise ship summer vacation — their last before their oldest son went off to college.

"The university is deeply saddened at the passing of a student. This has been a difficult start to the academic year," said Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook. "We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Dalton's family and friends during this time."

Debrick is the third Tech student to die this month, Cook said. Tucker Arnold of Houston was killed in a vehicle crash several days before Debrick's death. Morgan Lee of Abilene died in another car crash this month.

No one at the university can remember such a somber start to the school year, Cook said.

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