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Candlelight vigil marks anniversary of Lorenzen Wright’s death

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Fans gathered outside the FedEx Forum in Memphis Thursday night in a candle light vigil to remember former Grizzlies player Lorenzen Wright.

It was one year ago to the day that Wright’s body was found dead in a field in southeast Memphis. He had been shot 10 times and the police ruled it a homicide. No arrests have been made in the case.

Wright was a local kid who made it. He was born in Memphis, went to high school there and stared at the University of Memphis. He was the No. 7 pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He went on to have a 13-year career playing with Atlanta and Memphis, then finishing his career in Cleveland during the 08-09 season.

He was one of the good guys. Fans liked him, teammates liked him, the media liked him. That’s how I choose to remember him. And it sounds like a lot of people in Memphis remember that Wright, too.

Report: Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife said player had drugs, guns on him

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lwright2.jpgThe sad ending of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s life just keeps on getting sadder and uglier.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal obtained the statement Sherra Wright gave to police five days after Wright had been reported missing. He was found shot to death in the woods outside of Memphis one day later.

In that sworn statement, Memphis Police Department Sgt. W.D. Merritt said Sherra Robinson Wright called a Collierville detective July 27 and told him Lorenzen Wright left her home July 18 “around 10:30 p.m. carrying a box of drugs.”

He returned a short time later then left a second time with cash, she said.

Sherra Wright told detectives her ex had a conversation on “a ‘tracfone’ or similar cellular telephone” with an unidentified person before he left with the drugs and money. She also told police he owned an iPhone and made calls from both cells while at her house.

“During the conversation with the unidentified individual, Sherra Wright told Det. Young she heard Lorenzen Wright say he was going to flip something for $110,000,” according to an affidavit obtained by The Commercial Appeal on Tuesday.

Police have at times seemed to focus their investigation around Sherra, including searching her home. However, no arrests in the case have been made and she has not been named a person of interest by the Memphis Police.

Wright was a Memphis native who starred for the University of Memphis then went on to a 13-year NBA career. His prime professional years were spent playing for the Grizzlies in his hometown. Those were the first five years the Grizzlies were in the Memphis, having just moved from Vancouver.

Lorenzen Wright memorial Wednesday in Memphis

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Thumbnail image for lwright2.jpgIt can sometimes get overlooked in the focus on the whodunit angle of the crime — a good man was killed in Memphis.

Lorenzen Wright will not be forgotten today as thousands are expected to come to the FedExForum for a memorial service for him.

Wright was found murdered in a wooded area near Memphis on July 28, nearly a week after he had been reported missing. He leaves behind six children.

Wright was a Memphis native who attended Booker T. Washington High School in the city and went on to play for the University of Memphis. During his 13-year professional career, five of his prime years were spent playing for the Grizzlies in his hometown. Those were the first five years the Grizzlies were in the town, having just moved from Vancouver.

Speakers at the service will include Wright’s high school coach and Michael Heisley, the owner of the Grizzlies.

The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. in Memphis (Central time). WREG in Memphis will have a live stream of the memorial on their Web site.

A memorial fund has been set up in Wright’s honor where tax-deductible donations can be made.

Lorenzen Wright murder investigation appears to center around ex-wife


lwright2.jpgMemphis police aren’t talking — usually a sign they have some solid leads and information — but their actions suggest they are focusing on former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife in the investigation of his murder.

Sunday police combed through the home of Sherra Wright, who was apparently the last person to seem him alive and unharmed. Now Wright’s former personal assistant Wendy Wilson told the local ABC affiliate in Memphis she has audio recordings of Sherra threatening Lorenzen (via FanHouse).

“I have the evidence that she said these things and she knows it,” Wilson told myeyewtinessnews.com, Memphis’ ABC affiliate.

Wilson went on to say Sherra said “things like, if she caught him with anyone else, she’d have him ‘f’d up’ or whatever.”

Sherra Wright’s attorney says that the police looking through the home was just a normal part of an investigation, something he told the same affiliate.

“I just assume it’s part of the routine investigation,” said (Coleman) Garrett. “They’re looking for clues, they’re looking for evidence. They’re trying to find answers, and that would be one of the logical things to do, to search any premises where Lorenzen was last known to be.”

Also, despite rumors to the contrary in Memphis, Wright has not been arrested.

“No, she’s never been in police custody, and I don’t know where all these rumors come from,” said Garrett. “And that’s why we don’t intend to add to them with her speaking on camera or present, what have you, because it’s just going to exacerbate a bad situation, and people are going to have their opinions and misconstrue what is said.”

Lorenzen Wright had been at his ex-wife’s house on July 18 visiting his children. Several hours later a brief 911 call came from Wright’s cell phone to a Germantown, Tenn., dispatcher and gunshots were heard. On July 22, Wright’s family filed a missing person’s report. On July 28 police found Wright’s body, shot multiple times, in the area where the 911 call had come from. The delay in using that call is also being investigated, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Wright had been a star at the University of Memphis and had gone on to a 13-year NBA career.

Police search home of Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife for clues in his murder


Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, says she was the last person to see him alive.

She told police he left her house the night of July 18 just fine, but Wright’s mother reported him missing four days later. On July 28, the murdered body of Wright was found outside Memphis.

Sunday, police scoured the home of Wright for several hours looking for clues, according to WPTY of Memphis. Despite Internet rumors to the contrary, Wright was not arrested, according to WREG television in Memphis.

Police still went over her house with a fine-toothed comb, particularly looking at a fire pit in the back yard, which had been used the night of the murder. Something that neighbors said was odd because it was one of the hottest nights of the year, according to reports.

While that investigation continues, so does outrage over the handling of the 911 call from Wright’s cell-phone the night of the murder, according to the Commercial Appeal. The call had a man uttering an expletive and gunshots can be heard according to the report, however no police were sent out to investigate what happened. The call went to Germantown Police, who have now turned the tape of the call over to the Memphis Police Department. Germantown police are investigating the handling of the call.

Wright stared at the University of Memphis and was the No. 7 pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He went on to have a 13-year career playing center (and some power forward) with Atlanta and Memphis, then finishing his career in Cleveland during the 08-09 season.