Otsego community mourning loss of 19-year-old student found dead at CMU

    Delaney Bush was studying biology at Central Michigan University.

    OTSEGO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Ostego/Plainwell community is mourning the loss of a 19-year-old student.

    Delaney Bush was found dead in her apartment at Central Michigan University.

    Right now, a cause of death has not been determined, but foul play is not suspected.

    Thursday, Newschannel 3 spoke with those who knew her.

    On Monday night, the auditorium at Otsego High School was packed for a memorial service for 2016 graduate Delaney Bush.

    She was an all-star athlete, dancer, and as the recipient of a full ride scholarship to Central Michigan, she had tremendous potential for the future.

    “Delaney was one of those kids who was just so vibrant. Loved living every day,” said Otsego High School Principal Herve Dardis.

    Dardis reflected on Delaney's impact on her alma mater and her community.

    “I think beyond the academics and the athletics, I think more than anything she excelled as just a human being,” he said.

    Delaney graduated with a grade point average above 4.0, and was part of the state championship cross country team.

    She was also a competitive dancer since she was seven years old.

    “She had the lead in Peter Pan at the high school. And the crowd just lit up when they saw her come out and start flying around the stage. It was just a magical experience watching her,” said dance teacher Patti Herm.

    Herm said Delaney always gave 100-percent and it was her mission to mentor and help others do the same.

    Delaney had a strong faith and was very active with her home church.

    Dardis says it's that same faith that the community and her family are holding tight to.

    “We're hanging onto some hope that their faith is getting them through this and we believe it is,” he said.

    Thursday would have been Delaney's 19th birthday.

    She was studying biology at CMU.

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