Photos: Dammion Heard's family suspects foul play in wrestler's apparent suicide

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Big photos, videos below.
Dammion Heard, twenty, was a championship wrestler from Texas who continued to take part in the sport as a student at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. But on March 30, he apparently committed suicide by hanging.

The key word in the previous sentence is "apparently." Heard's parents are certain Dammion didn't take his own life, and they've created a website offering a reward for more information about his death, which has made news in Colorado and beyond.

This photo and the one above are featured on Dammion Heard's Facebook page.
The Denver Post is only the latest major news organization to examine the circumstances of Dammion's death. Earlier this month, for instance, the story was featured on Good Morning America; we've got that video below.

Dammion's body was found hanging from a tree near U.S. Highway 50 outside Gunnison, and an autopsy found he'd died of strangulation. Moreover, authorities put out a press release stating that while the investigation into the death was ongoing, no other suspects were being pursued.

However, Dammion's father Gary, who lives in Texas, holds fast to the belief that Dammion wasn't suicidal -- a contention he supports with assorted anecdotes

Gary tells the Post that Dammion had chatted with him about a hike planned for the next day, as well as his ongoing rehabilitation of an injured knee; he was a scholarship wrestler at Western State. He'd also talked with a friend about sharing an off-campus apartment the next semester.

But that was before he attended a party during which he's said to have gotten into "several altercations" spurred by his belief that others at the gathering had badly mistreated a young woman he knew.

Was foul play involved? A website created by the Heard family makes that argument.

A banner from the website created by Dammion Heard's family.
Text on the site's home page states:
Dammion's family is offering a $25,600 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Dammion Heard.
For more information, click here.

Continue for a "wrestling bio" of Dammion Heard from the family's website, followed by multiple videos.

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It sounds like the men involved in the incident with the woman got together and did him in for bringing their attack on her out in public. We don't know what the attack on the woman was, but if there were going to be legal ramifications or lost scholarships, I can see a bunch of jocks thinking murder was a solution. When you have 3 or 4 people helping each other it's not that hard to make it look like a suicide. He was actively making short term plans and also long term plans, and gave no other usual indicators of being depressed to the degree you see suicidal behavior.

Tyler Rierson
Tyler Rierson

He has reasons too which is why the police decided to take the easiest way to write the report. Also the fact he was found in a tree out in public close to the party where he was last seen is to suspicious to overlook....

Kirby Shane Simmons
Kirby Shane Simmons

As much as I hate to say it. It sounds like suicide. My friend did the same thing. Had plans the next day and everything too. Doesn't matter. Still did it.

RobertChase topcommenter

What a bizarre comment (from fb -- imagine)!  A suicidal person with you for a friend is as good as dead, if your reaction to this murder is any indication.

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