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Memorial service planned for Western State wrestler Dammion Heard

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A memorial service for Western State Colorado University wrestler Dammion Heard, 20, who died this past week will be held April 10, the Gunnison, Colo. school announced Friday.

The service will take place this Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Mountain at Taylor Auditorium on Western's campus. It is open to the public; for those who are unable to attend in person, Western's student-run radio station, KWSB, will be streaming the event live online at the station’s website.

After the service, there will be a candlelit procession to the University Center. Grief counselors will be made available on the second floor of the University Center during that time.

In addition, a Dammion Heard Memorial Facebook page has been established to honor the late wrestler. It also includes information for individuals who wish to donate to a memorial fund for his family.

Heard, who just completed his freshman season as the Mountaineers’ 125-pound starter, was reported missing from campus last Saturday. His body was found Wednesday about 8 miles east of the school, on Bureau of Land Management property, along with his 2004 Saturn Vue.

A cause of death has not been publicly revealed. However, Western State Colorado interim university president Brad Baca said that police have “assured the university that the circumstances surrounding Dammion’s death do not pose a danger to the campus community.”

Western State Colorado University’s Mountaineer wrestling program competes in NCAA Division II.

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