MEMPHIS, TN – A body was found in Southeast Memphis near Hacks Cross and Winchester; Specifically, about a half mile northwest of FedEx World Headquarters in a thickly wooded area behind an apartment complex. Sources close to the family tell myEyewtinessNews.com it is former NBA Player Lorenzen Wright.
Sources also tell myEyewitnessNews.com that police have a recording of a call from Wright’s cell phone that may have captured the sound of the gunshots that killed him. According to our sources, Germantown Police received a call from Wright’s cell phone about 1:00a.m., July 19, 2010. It begins with someone who sounds scared shouting two expletives followed by several gunshots, and then silence as the 911 dispatcher keeps saying “hello, hello, I’ve got nothing but gunshots.”
Family and friends are having a difficult time coming to terms with this. The discovery of the body was made July 28, 2010 and news spread fast as hundreds showed up including former teammates and former Memphis Tigers to see for themselves.
“I cried, the emotions hit me immediately,” former Memphis Tiger and NBA Star Penny Hardaway tells myEyewitnessNews.com. “And it’s sad because we lost a good person and a brother.”
According to friends and family, Wright’s body was found in a wooded area behind the Fieldstone Apartments in Southeast Memphis. That’s where homicide detectives spent hours searching for evidence. Close friend Stan McKinley is in shock over the discovery. “To end his career and his life like this here in some woods, that’s not good. You don’t do a dog like this. It’s just a really sad day for the city as a whole.”
The former Memphis Tiger and Grizzly was last seen July 18, 2010 and was reported missing to police July 22, 2010. Wright’s mother and family arrived to the scene and spoke with detectives, possibly to make a positive ID on Lorenzen. As the family searches for comfort, police search for answers.
“This brother has six kids,” McKinley tells myEyewitnessNews.com. “For that reason alone, his friends need closure, his fraternity brothers need closure, but for the kids alone, they need to know what happened to their father.”