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Winona State athlete passes away during workout


WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) - A student athlete passes away while working out with his teammates at Winona State University Monday. 

The university said Shawn Afryl, 22, from Skokie, Ill, a recent transfer student, was working out with other football players at Maxwell Field. 

Winona State said he enrolled at the University this summer in the Social Studies program.

"In the time Shawn was on campus, he showed a lot of people what a great fit he was going to be not only for our football program but for our campus as well," said Head Football Coach Tom Sawyer. "He did an excellent job as a counselor during our team camps, and his leadership qualities and maturity were a valuable asset to our successful camps. He will be sorely missed."

According to the University of Illinois, Afryl was a member of the Illinois football team.  Their website said he played in one game in the three years he was on the team.  He graduated with a degree from the university in political science in 2013.
The Winona Police department says the cause of dead has not been determined.

The family has set up a special fund to help with burial expenses.

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