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Lee St. Hilaire, 20, football star

BANGOR, Maine -- Lee St. Hilaire, a former Maine high school football player of the year, died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 20.

Mr. St. Hilaire was a star at Winthrop High School, where he graduated in 2002 after setting numerous football records and leading the squad to a Class C state championship. He was awarded the James J. Fitzpatrick trophy in 2002 for being the state's top high school football player.

Mr. St. Hilaire was considered one of central Maine's all-time great high school athletes, throwing for more than 8,000 yards and 84 touchdowns in high school. He earned a scholarship to the University of Maine, but left the team and the school midway through his freshman year. Last fall he enrolled at Husson College in Bangor and started every game at quarterback in the college's inaugural football season.

"He was a great kid. We're all devastated by this," said Norm Thombs, who watched Mr. St. Hilaire grow up and coached him in high school.

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