Wright’s Homicide Case: A Night to Remember
A list of NBA Players who died during their Professional career.
- Ricky Berry, 24, Sacramento Kings, suicide (1989)
- Len Bias, 22, Boston Celtics (drafted but never played in the NBA), cocaine overdose (1986)
- Jason Collier, 28, Atlanta Hawks, cardiac arrest (2005)
- Terry Furlow, 25, Utah Jazz, car accident (1980)
- Eddie Griffin, 25, Minnesota Timberwolves, car accident (2007)
- Wendell Ladner, 26, New York Nets (ABA), plane crash (1975)
- Reggie Lewis, 27, Boston Celtics, heart failure, (1993)
- Conrad McRae, 29, Orlando Magic (summer league), unknown but most likely heart failure (2000)
- Dražen Petrović, 28, New Jersey Nets, car accident (1993)
- Bobby Phills, 30, Charlotte Hornets, car accident (2000)
- Malik Sealy, 30, Minnesota Timberwolves, car accident (2000)
- Lorenzen Wright, 34, Free Agent, homicide (shot)
Did you notice something? Lorenzen Wright died not because he had an illness or an accident. That’s because he was shot and killed. It’s sad to say that the culprit has not been caught yet. I guess he is still there and waiting for his next victim.
Lorenzen Wright played in basketball in the NBA for 15 years. He started when he was selected in the 1996 NBA Draft (from the University of Memphis) as the seventh overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. But his NBA career resulted in tragedy when the shooting incident happened.
It started in the early hours of July, when a Germantown dispatcher received a 911 call from Lorenzen Wright’s cell phone. The dispatcher heard a garbled male voice utter an expletive, then at least 10 gunshots.
"Hello? Hello? Can you hear me?" the dispatcher asked.
Then the phone went dead.
The dispatcher called back. No one answered.
And there it was, Wright was shot and killed but the caller never said where Wright’s location is. When the family of Lorenzen Wright heard the news about it they thought that the police have tracked the origin of the call with a common Internet Program. So that they can easily locate where’s the location of Wright and save his life. But the police didn’t locate the call fromm Wright’s call because they don’t have the Internet accessto find the origin its.
Nine days later, Lorenzen Wright was found dead in a wooded area of southeast Memphis thattwo law enforcement sources confirmed. The former basketball star went missing just hours before he was supposed to ride back to his townhouse in Atlanta with a friend and his six children.
The police included Sherra Wright, Lorenzen’s wife, as a suspect. Together with the Memphis Police Department, investigators spent much of the day, searching Sherra Wright’s home for evidence. They could be seen removing several items and, at one point, were in the backyard looking very carefully at Wright’s grill and fire pit.
Neighbors reported a large fire in her backyard after Wright’s disappearance and saidthey thought it was unusual for Wright to light a fire on one of the hottest nights of the year.
So why didn’t the cops have Internet access???? Wright’s family claims that officials have BLOCKED the use of online programs because certain police officers have abused their web access.
Wright’s family is devastated — and wants the city to fork over more than $2 million in damages.
Lorenzen Wright was 34 years old at the time of his death. So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.