North Carolina Family Claims 21-Year-Old Was Murdered, Call For Investigation After Police Rule Death a Suicide

The family of deceased truck driver Taemon Blair, who was discovered hanging in his vehicle earlier this month, claims the 21-year-old man was murdered after authorities ruled his death a suicide.

On March 14, Blair, a North Carolina-based truck driver, was discovered dead inside the trailer of his truck in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A subsequent autopsy confirmed that he passed from asphyxia by hanging, which prompted authorities to deem the manner of death as a suicide, according to a report from the Allen County Coroner's Office.

"As is the case with all death investigation we have a very thorough and comprehensive investigative process," the Fort Wayne Police Department said in a statement. "I am confident had we have found signs of a suspicious death and the Allen County Coroner corroborated those findings it would 'not' have been ruled a suicide. We feel for the family and their loss."

Despite the assertion of local police that no foul play was involved, Blair's family claim he was murdered, citing the unusual circumstances surrounding his death as the reason.

In the description of a GoFundMe page, created by Blair's older brother, Dee Smith, to raise funds for Blair's funeral, Smith asserted that the death "wasn't a suicide" and expressed his hope that "police will find who killed" him. "Something in my heart told me that he didn't commit suicide. He was 6'5, I thought to myself, how could he hang himself inside of a truck when he's so tall," he explained.

Smith also revealed that his brother's death came after he recently got a new job and was anticipating the birth of his baby. "Taemon went through a rough patch in his life. He went to jail for a year. When he got out he promised to change his life. He went and got his diploma," he wrote. "He had straight A's in HS. He has always been on the A honor roll."

"My brother finally got his life on track! He has a beautiful girlfriend. He also was having a baby. He landed a job driving 18 wheeler trucks. He went on the road to make money for his family. Now graduated with straight A's, and a really good job, he was on the track of becoming a great man," Smith added.

Smith doubled down on his claims that Blair was murdered in an interview with Fox 46, saying: "We just want him to get justice. That's all we want. We want to find out exactly if somebody did it, who did it and why, and we want to open it back up to see."

In a separate interview with Fox 46, Blair's mother, Taesha Hunt, said a detective informed the family that foul play was possible in her son's death. The detective also told her that Blair's truck had been damaged.

"He said 'I looked in the front seat and I see the radio kicked, the dashboard kicked in, like somebody just beat it up," Hunt told Fox 46.

The family is asking for the case to be reopened, though the Fort Wayne Police Department has closed the case.

The Fort Wayne Police Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for further comment.

Watch Smith's interview on Fox 46 below:

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