A tragedy for an Owatonna family.  High school senior Shannon Zwanziger died at St. Mary’s Tuesday. She was flown there earlier in the day after she quit breathing at home.

photo from youcaring.com

Family friends have set up a website that says the 17 year old complained of flu-like symptoms and a sore throat for about a week and she was not able to eat or drink.

Tests will be done to determine the exact cause of death.

According to the Associated Press, Shannon was one of more than 100 Owatonna high school students who were absent between Thursday and Monday because of flu-like symptoms.

The youcaring.com site says friends are trying to raise $10,000 to help the Zwanziger family cover its expenses, including airfare for a sister who is in Japan.

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