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Questions surround death of Colorado wrestler

Questions Surround Death of Colo. Wrestler

At first, it appeared that a superstar college wrestler at Western State Colorado University had taken his own life. But now, some wonder if Dammion Heard actually committed suicide.

KCNC says Heard went missing earlier this month. Five days later his body was found not far from campus. Police said he committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree.

And while Gunnison police originally said no suspects were being pursued, an investigation into his death is still open. His parents told "Good Morning America" they were skeptical from the start. "Good Morning America" reports:

"His parents say their son's phone records indicate he planned on meeting a girl in the morning following his disappearance ... His parents also say they were told by police their son was involved in a fight the night before his death."

WFAA spoke to Gary Heard: "Always upbeat, never had any issues with depression, anxiety ... It all just seemed really fishy."

As seen on YouTube, the Texas native won a state wrestling championship his senior year in high school, which helped him earn a scholarship to college. As a freshman at Western State he had a successful start on the varsity team.

Colorado Newsday reports the Western State Colorado interim president said, "Dammion was a vibrant and beloved member of the campus community, a great student and an accomplished athlete."

Heard's parents say they plan on hiring an attorney and investigators to explore their concerns. The family is still awaiting full toxicology results.

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Intielza April 18 2014 at 12:24 PM

I feel so sorry for Dammion's family and friends. The loss, without an immediate and apparent reason, regardless of how difficult it may be to hear, is confounding. It stymies the mind and decimates ones perception. I grieve for their loss! Dammion was a wrestler. A great wrestler! It is hard to imagine that he would be taken so young and unawares, and not put up a struggle. Such an encounter would leave signs. If he were drugged, his tox report would show it. Any one of us saying what we think it is, or might be at this point is sterile conjecture! To his family and friends; I know it hurts! My fervent hope is that your pain will diminish with the healing balm of time!

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goldie841 April 18 2014 at 10:34 PM

This should really be checked and not turned into a cold case

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christierandall April 18 2014 at 12:00 PM

Sounds fishy to me.....planning on meeting a girl...sounds like he was lured into this situation. What girl? did he tell anyone who she was? I tell my sons all of the time to always let someone know who you are going to be with and where you are going and make sure that person knows that they have told others.

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gdaycomatose April 18 2014 at 2:28 PM

Doesn't sound like the uy planned on kill himself?

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kimcrdr April 18 2014 at 12:25 PM

I dont blame the parents one bit, no history of mental illness, nothing bad happening in his life,he was going to meet a girl the next day, had a fight the night before, and was found hung in a tree, yes I would look deeper into it as well, may he RIP

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iolanda claudia April 18 2014 at 12:27 PM

sounds like he was murdered but made it seem like it was suicide.I hope they catch the SOB that did it and hang them.... Bless his poor soul.He was a young cute kid.

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Velocity105 April 18 2014 at 12:42 PM

If the boy was emotionally stable, something else is going on. To disappear after a fight then be found hanging is not a rational conclusion.

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IRISHMACHMAN7 April 18 2014 at 12:47 PM

dont believe suside here check out who he had a fight with the night before and what thats about ?

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IRISHMACHMAN7 April 18 2014 at 12:49 PM

suicide no

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jimbo675 April 18 2014 at 1:18 PM

Damn good looking kid. I quesiton the theories of suicide. Looks very happy in the pictures. This needs further invstigation

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