HoopsHype Lorenzen Wright rumors

July 21, 2011 Updates

The family of murdered NBA star Lorenzen Wright is suing officials in Germantown, TN -- claiming it wouldn't have taken police 9 days to find his corpse if cops would simply have had Internet access. TMZ.com

Wright was shot and killed in July 2010. A witness called 911 during the shooting ... but the caller never disclosed Wright's location. Still, Wright's family believes cops should have tracked the origin of the call with a common Internet program ... which would have allowed them to quickly locate Wright and possibly save his life. Instead, it took cops 9 days to find Wright's body -- and by that time, the family claims ... "the exposure to the elements including substantial rain, extreme heat, indigenous animals and insects had reduced the remains" from roughly 225 lbs to 57 lbs." TMZ.com

Wright's family is devastated -- and wants the city to fork over more than $2 million in damages. Wright was 34 years old at the time of his death. So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. TMZ.com

July 17, 2011 Updates

Herb Wright demanded the team play harder and with a sense of urgency, likely the same instruction he gave his own standout son years ago after Lorenzen moved from Oxford, Miss., to Memphis to live and train with his father in preparation for his senior season at Booker T. Washington High. "I can't handle it," Wright said when asked about Lorenzen. "I'm trying to suppress it, trying to stay busy and focus on my grandson and the team. I'm a tough old bird, but that was my oldest boy. "I can't even talk about it." Memphis Commercial Appeal

It's too early to call it a cold case, they say, though the cold truth is that investigators seem to be no closer to solving the case than they were a year ago. "They've turned over every rock, talked to every person and exhausted all of the leads and we have come to a dead end," said Reginald Henderson, head of the special prosecution unit. "I suppose it's cold in the sense that we've exhausted leads and followed up on all the information, but I am optimistic that it will be solved. I think a person who has information that doesn't involve them (in a crime) will help solve it." Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 5, 2010 Updates

More than four months have passed since the former NBA player's decomposed body was found in a field off Hacks Cross and Winchester roads in Southeast Memphis. Only 22 tips have come into the Memphis Crime Stoppers hotline, and none have been substantive, said executive director Buddy Chapman. Even Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, who promised at Wright's funeral that the killer would be found, has begun to manage expectations in public statements. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Soon after the murder, Wright's ex-wife and a half dozen others were called before a Shelby County grand jury, though the effort produced no substantial leads, authorities have said. The few pieces of evidence that have become public leave more questions than answers. According to an affidavit, police recovered shell casings of different calibers with Wright's body. A search of ex-wife Sherra Robinson Wright's home turned up a letter addressed to her and the former NBA forward and center, and pieces of burned metal. Law enforcement officials have not said why they took the items or what significance they have. Memphis Commercial Appeal

November 16, 2010 Updates
November 10, 2010 Updates

An autopsy shows former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in July, died after being shot at least five times. The autopsy report released on Wednesday by the Shelby County Medical Examiner says Wright was shot twice in the head, twice in the chest and once in the right forearm. The autopsy, first reported by broadcaster WMC-TV, said the body was badly decomposed and that there could have been more gunshots. google.com

November 9, 2010 Updates
November 5, 2010 Updates

Standing near her son's grave in Calvary Cemetery, the mother of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright stood with two dozen family members and friends Thursday to release 35 balloons on what would have been his 35th birthday. Family members placed red and white wreaths at the head of the grave, which has no headstone yet. Pastor Jerry Taylor of Greater Love Baptist Church led the group in reciting the 23rd Psalm. Strong winds quickly swept up the 35 white balloons attached to curly, white string and pulled them over the trees toward a blue sky. "Happy birthday to my son," said Deborah Marion, Wright's mom. "He gave me the best 34 years that any son could give any mom. ... We're celebrating like he's here anyway." Memphis Commercial Appeal

October 29, 2010 Updates
October 28, 2010 Updates

Memphis police have no official suspects in the murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, and authorities said the case remains a "mystery" three months after his bullet-riddled body was found in a remote field. "It is a mystery, but it's not cold," said police director Larry Godwin. "We have not placed it in the cold case file." Wright, who would have turned 35 next week, was a local fixture who played at the University of Memphis and later professionally with the Grizzlies and five other teams. The father-of-six disappeared on July 19. ESPN.com

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday added a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lorenzen Wright's killer. CrimeStoppers already had a $1,000 reward, the maximum CrimeStoppers pays. Tips can be submitted to CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH or to Memphis police at cyberwatts@memphispolice.org. Buddy Chapman, executive director of CrimeStoppers in Memphis, said donations are being accepted to increase the reward amount. A separate memorial fund has been set up by Wright's mother, Deborah Marion. Donations can be made at any Memphis-area Regions Bank under the name of the Deborah Marion Memorial Fund for Benefit of Lorenzen Wright Sr. CrimeStoppers Reward. ESPN.com

September 16, 2010 Updates

The mother of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright is asking the public to contribute to a reward fund to help find her son's killer. Deborah Marion's goal is to raise $100,000 to coax those who are reluctant to provide information. "I am totally frustrated that nothing is happening," she said Wednesday. "You know, the police are working as hard as they can, but they're not getting anywhere." Memphis Commercial Appeal

Marion had a message for those who know something about her son's death: "Please open your mouth. Put yourself in his six kids' shoes. They are without a daddy. ... "Think of a 4-year-old child without a father who doesn't understand why she'll never see her father again. Her father will never walk her down the aisle. He will never be at her graduation. He's got two daughters who won't have a father to walk them down the aisle. Think of that." Memphis Commercial Appeal

The Crime Stoppers reward is $1,000. "I do think, and this is just my opinion, there is a conspiracy of silence here," Chapman said. "A number of people know exactly what happened." He added: "$10,000, $50,000 or $100,000 will loosen a lot of lips." Memphis Commercial Appeal

August 27, 2010 Updates

The mystery of who shot her son is tearing her to pieces. "I'm not forgetting about my baby, and I ain't gonna let anybody else forget about him either," she said. Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said the community should rest assured homicide detectives are working long hours to solve the case. They're interviewing people both in Shelby County and outside the area. They've collected evidence and are waiting for it to be examined. "We haven't let up on it," he said. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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