BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators say the Berthoud High School student found dead inside the building took his own life.

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office said the deceased male found inside the school on Thursday has been identified as Joshua J. Francis of Berthoud.

The coroner’s office determined the cause of death for the 15-year-old was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.

Investigators haven’t found any evidence to suggest anyone else was involved.

The school was closed on Thursday after his body was found. Classes were cancelled on Friday as well.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Joshua,” said Dr. Stan Scheer, Thompson School District Superintendent, in a statement. “This has been an especially difficult time for Joshua’s family, friends and the entire Berthoud community. We are extremely grateful to the community for their continued support in this time of need. So many students, parents and community members have come together to grieve and to provide support to others. We appreciate all that they have done.”

The Thompson School District will host a time for students to visit the school on Nov. 6 from 2 – 3 p.m.


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