Family hires attorney, offers reward in Western State Colo. University student Dammion Heard's death

GUNNISON, Colo. - The family of a Western State Colorado University student has hired a prominent attorney to help in their search for answers about the death of Dammion Heard.

Heard, 20, was a championship wrestler from Fort Worth.

His body was found hanging eight miles from the Gunnison campus on April 2. He had been missing a few days.

Heard's father, Gary, said police told him over the phone that his son had committed suicide.

However, the Heard family wasn't satisfied with that answer.

"He was always so energetic," Gary Heard told WFAA-TV.

Heard said he talked to his son's friends.

"Not one of those people to this day has indicated he was anything but upbeat and enjoying his life," Heard said.

WFAA said police acknowledged to the Heards that Dammion was in a physical fight at a party the night he disappeared. He also was seen filling up his car on surveillance footage at a local gas station.  And his dad says cell records indicate his son was going to meet up with a young woman.

The Heard family has raised more than $60,000 and hired prominent Denver attorney Pamela Mackey to investigate Dammion's death, WFAA reported.

They're also offering a $25,600 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Dammion's death.

"We're going to find my son didn't commit suicide," Gary Heard said.

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Learn more on WFAA's website.

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