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Drake student death ruled self-inflicted


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says a Drake student found shot in the head near Indianola last week shot himself.

Benjamin Backstrom, of Norwalk, was found leaning over the side of a bridge last Tuesday. The 19-year old later died at a hospital.

The DCI says their investigation included a search of the scene and the river below and interviews with witnesses and people who knew Backstrom.

Backstrom's family believes he quote "sacrificed himself" because his family had been threatened.

The DCI said they found no credible threat.

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