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Vigil held after Lewis teen's death

Friends gather to remember sophomore

Friends of 16-year-old Ashley Grady, who died Dec. 21, gathered at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School the evening of Friday, Dec. 23 for a candlelight vigil.

Friends of 16-year-old Ashley Grady, who died Dec. 21, gathered at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School the evening of Friday, Dec. 23 for a candlelight vigil. Brian Gay

— The autopsy performed on Grady Dec. 21 did not reveal her cause of death, according to New York State Police. Dr. C. Francis Varga performed the autopsy at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake; however, the cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results.

Essex County 911 received a call at 6:24 a.m. Dec. 21 to Grady’s Fox Run Road residence in the town of Lewis for an unresponsive female. The teen was discovered not breathing in her bedroom by her sister and 911 was contacted. Elizabethtown-Lewis Rescue Squad and State Police responded, but life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Grady was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner Kelly Valentine, who authorized her removal to Adirondack Medical Center for a post-mortem exam.

The death occurred sometime between the late night of Dec. 20 and early morning hours of Dec. 21.

The State Police in Lewis are continuing their investigation.

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