‘Be Heard’ benefit tournament supports fallen wrestler

05/26/2014 12:00 AM

05/23/2014 1:01 PM

In an ongoing show of support for the family of a former Fossil Ridge wrestler, a benefit wrestling tournament was held last weekend.

The Be Heard Memorial Tournament was conducted at Fossil Ridge for wrestlers of most all ages to help raise funds for the Dammion Heard Memorial Fund.

Heard, a state champion at Fossil Ridge in 2013, was found dead in Gunnison, Colo., in early April after disappearing three days prior. He was a freshman wrestler at Western State Colorado University.

The Memorial Fund assists in legal and investigation expenses related to the search for clues as to how Heard died, according to Dammion’s father, Gary Heard.

Local police have stated Heard committed suicide from hanging, but many facts surrounding his death are proving to be contradictory of police statements, said Gary Heard.

Forensic evidence from Dammion’s clothing, car and the apparatus he was hanging from have yet to be tested, his father said.

“The toxicology and autopsy reports also do not coincide at all with what the police have said,” Gary Heard said.

Through private donations, there is now a $25,600 reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Heard’s death.

The wrestling tournament was being conducted totally by volunteers and donations in order to maximize the proceeds.

“There has been some serious support in Texas and in Gunnison, too,” Gary Heard said. “The tournament was started by friends and teammates Dammion wrestled with. It will be over 100 volunteers.”

The tournament was conducted by Jake Hart and Lance McGowan.

The public support is one way Gary Heard and his family are able to cope, he said. “They say I’m doing a good job in holding up,” he said, “but I can’t do it without their support.”

T-shirts with the “Be Heard” logo have also produced thousands of dollars for the memorial fund.

Those who wish to contribute or learn more about Dammion can go to www.b-heard.net.

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