Boulder sheriff says ex-CU player wrote suicide note
February 15, 2008
Boulder sheriff says ex-CU player wrote suicide noteBOULDER – A former University of Colorado football player left a suicide letter before his death, contradicting initial reports that a note didn’t exist, the Boulder County sheriff saidSheriff Joe Pelle told the Camera newspaper officials didn’t previously reveal the note in part to protect the family of Tennyson McCarty, 32.McCarty’s body was found Oct. 19 in a creek near Peaceful Valley. Boulder County Coroner Tom Faure ruled McCarty’s death a suicide, saying he died of environmental exposure (cold) with a contributing condition of multiple blunt force injuries.”Investigators found a blood trail from the base of a 40-foot rock outcropping near the creek.McCarty said in the note found in his Toyota 4Runner that he couldn’t overcome pain in his life. The note also included an apology to friends and family, Pelle said.”Although he did not specifically state he was going to kill himself, it could obviously be a reasonable inference that suicide may have been his intention in writing this letter,” Pelle said Thursday.McCarty lettered as a tight end for the University of Colorado from 1994 to 1997 and played on Boulder High’s 1992 state championship team. He helped form a traveling magic and Christian ministry act after college.