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A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

January 12th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

The Shooting Death of an NBA Star: Who Murdered Lorenzen Wright?

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Lorenzen Wright was not just a talented former NBA star loved by fans, friends and family. He was also a father of six who doted on his children and gushed all over Twitter about spending time with them. Wright spent 13 seasons dunking, three-point shooting and driving to the basket for several NBA teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers and most recently as a forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lorenzen Wright / Getty Images
Lorenzen Wright / Getty Images

An injury would take him out of the game permanently, giving him more time to spend with his beloved family. But a much-anticipated visit to his children in Memphis, Tennessee would be Wright’s last. On a hot summer day in July, the former NBA star was found gunned down in a hail of bullets in a remote heavily-wooded area in Memphis. And a chilling 911 call from Wright himself, just seconds before he’s gunned down in cold blood, could be key to solving his murder.

From Missing NBA Star to Murder Victim
Lorenzen Wright was in town from Atlanta, Georgia not only to visit his children, but also to see his mother and attend his sister’s baby shower. According to mother, Deborah Marion, Wright would never miss the July 18 baby shower and told his mother he would be there when they spoke on the phone. That would be the last time Marion would talk with her son. Wright never made it to the shower, vanishing without a trace. Not one call, not a single text message, nobody could get in touch with the ex-NBA star. Growing more and more concerned, Marion called everyone she knew and nobody had heard from Wright. Not his friends, not his ex-wife, not his father and none of his children. Not only could Marion not find her son, but neither could her 13-year-old granddaughter…two people Lorenzen Wright would never lose contact with. Deborah Marion says Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, claims she has not seen him since the night of his sister’s shower. Marion knew something was wrong and wanted to call police, but on advice from other family members, insisting Wright could have left on his own, she waited. But after 4 days she could wait no more, her maternal instincts led her to call the police. Although Marion lives in Memphis, she was directed to call Collierville, Tennessee police, the jurisdiction where Lorenzen Wright went missing. According to the Memphis Police Department, a missing persons report was filed on July 22. And just 6 days later, July 28, investigators found the body of Lorenzen Wright between Hacks Cross Road and Germantown Road in Southeast Memphis. The NBA star had been shot to death and what started out as a missing persons report turned into a murder investigation The big mystery…how did Lorenzen Wright end up gunned down in cold-blood in the middle of the woods?

An Eerie 911 Call & a Grisly Murder
After finding the body of 34-year-old basketball star Lorenzen Wright, Memphis Police took over the investigation. An autopsy confirms Wright was shot multiple times. With temperatures reaching 110 degrees in the area, his body, presumably left in the woods for days, was so badly decomposed the Shelby County Medical Examiner had to use dental records to make a positive identification. The cause of death ruled homicide by gunshot wound. As Wright’s family gets the shocking news, a stunning twist emerges in the investigation. A 911 call was placed from Wright’s own cell phone in the wee hours of July 19, just hours after he’s last seen alive. According to reports, it was a frantic 911 call and gunshots could be heard in the background. The phone line disconnects and 10 days later, Wright is found dead. According to a disturbing autopsy report, Wright’s body was found riddled with bullets, including shots to the skull, chest and forearm. And in another shocking development, it appears more than one type of gun was used in the shooting. A search warrant affidavit reveals shell casings of different calibers were recovered from Wright’s body. Was Wright possibly shot by more than one person or a single assailant who used more than one gun?

The Ex-wife
As police continued to question witnesses in the investigation, Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, had a lot to say. According to a search warrant affidavit, on the day the one-time NBA star was last seen alive, the former wife claims Wright left the house carrying a box of drugs. A short time later, she says Mr. Wright returned to the house then left again, this time carrying a sum of money. And in the course of Wright leaving and returning to the home, Sherra Wright says she overhears a phone conversation between Lorenzen Wright and an unidentified individual in which Wright said he was going to “flip something for $110,000.” Then Sherra Wright says her ex-husband got into a vehicle with an unidentified individual and drove away. Investigators conducted a search at Sherra Wright’s sprawling, three-car garage home, but will not disclose what they found inside. But according to the search warrant affidavit, police seized documentation for guns owned by Lorenzen Wright in order to compare them to bullet casings at the crime scene and also in an effort to locate the missing weapons. Police also want to investigate the person who Sherra Wright claims was talking on the phone with Lorenzen Wright before he vanished. While reports surface Sherra Wright was one of a string of people called before a secret grand jury, during an interview with CNN affiliate WREG, she insists she had nothing to do with Lorenzen Wright’s murder and has no knowledge of who killed him, but also said she doesn’t have any more information to give to police, refusing to answer anymore of their questions. Sherra Wright also blames Germantown police for not immediately following up on the 911 call from Lorenzen Wright’s cell phone where gunshots could be heard in the background, the day he was last seen alive. Germantown police however, says their proper protocol was followed.

The shocking 911 call capturing NBA star Lorenzen Wright’s murder was on July 19th…but Lorenzen Wright’s body wasn’t located until July 28. Crucial hours and days gone that could have brought investigators that much closer to finding Lorenzen Wright’s killer. With multiple law enforcement agencies now involved in the active investigation, the hunt is on for justice and answers.

We Want Justice for Lorenzen Wright!

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