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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Update: Former Player Lorenzen Wright Dead

He went missing for 10 days, and then police told the uncle of the former Cavalier that Lorenzen Wright was found dead.

There was no immediate word on the cause. Police declined to comment publicly. According to reports a body found in a field in southeast Memphis was I.D.'d as Wright's. Police are investigating a homicide, because reports say he was shot at least a dozen times.

Nearly 50 people gathered next to a road blocked off by police beside a wooded area about 15 miles south of downtown Memphis. The 34-year-old Wright was last seen July 18 when he was expected to fly out of town. His family filed a missing person report July 22.

Wright played 13 years in the NBA with five different teams: the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers with 17 games in the 2008-09 season. Wright left the University of Memphis early for the NBA, and the Clippers made him a lottery pick with the No. 7 selection overall.
He averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 778 career games.

This is such sad news. Send you well wishes below.


After being found dead two days ago, the Shelby County medical examiner reported Wright died of a gunshot wound.

Wright is said to have disappeared after being dropped off at ex-wife, Sherra Wright's Memphis home by an unnamed woman, and then leaving her home in the middle of the night with someone, July 19th around 2 a.m.

Police said a 911 call was placed from Lorenzen Wright's phone early in the morning, July 19th.

Sherra Wright also admitted she kept quiet about a visit from three armed men who showed up at her home looking for Lorenzen six weeks prior to the shooting. Her lawyer, Gail Mathes said the men threatened Sherra and her family if she mentioned the visit.

Court documents showed that in 2008, Wright sold two luxury vehicles, a Mercedes Sedan and a Cadillac SUV to Bobby Cole, who was indicted in 2007 for drug distribution charges. Cole has been linked to an organization run by Craig Pettes, who was charged for racketeering and conspiracy in six murders.

Also in 2008, Bobby Cole agreed to turn over a 2007 Cadillac Escalade SUV and a 2008 Mercedes Benz S63 to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Both vehicles later showed to be registered to Lorenzen Wright and his company Allwright Automotive LLC, but Wright said he did not know the vehicles were used in a crime. In 2010, both vehicles were forfeited and the case was closed in favor of the government.
This case is getting real deep.

The Memphis Grizzlies announced Friday a public memorial service will be held for Wright at the FedEx Forum, Wednesday, August 4th.


Anonymous said...

Oh I hate that! I wish him and his family well.

Gina B. said...

Murder?! Oh now. I hope he wasn't involved with any crime. I hope you guys followup with this story.