Lorenzen Wright, a former NBA lottery pick who played in the league for more than a decade, has been found dead. He vanished on July 19.
Read Commercial Appeal reports of Lorenzen Wright:
Law enforcement officials have found the body of missing Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright in a wooded area at Hacks Cross and Winchester in southeast Memphis.
A law enforcement source confirmed the body was that of Wright, 34, who has been missing since July 19, though the Memphis Police Department won’t officially comment. Police are referring to their ongoing investigation as a “death investigation.”
Curtis Wright, Lorenzen Wright’s uncle told The Associated Press that police called the player’s father, Herb Wright, a couple of hours ago.
According to sources, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright’s cell phone on July 19. A Germantown dispatcher could hear the loud blasts of several gunshots. The cellphone call ended at that point.
The dispatcher called back, but no one answered.
The body was found by someone who called police today.
At the Collierville home of Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Robinson Wright, white bed sheets covered the windows.
A woman who arrived just as the family heard the news, said, “I’m just here to see my sister.” She left about 10 minutes later, with two children, a girl and a boy wearing a Lorenzen Wright Grizzlies jersey.
About 4:45 p.m., eight or nine adults and children left the house in a caravan of cars, including two identical black Porsche SUVs and a green sedan.
A large crowd of onlookers had gathered by late afternoon along Hacks Cross. There were adults with small children, even their pets. Many did not personally know the former basketball star but milled around the scene anyway. Cars lined the street. Among those gathered were former University of Memphis basketball stars Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry, as well as family members and friends.
Wright was thought to be carrying some amount of cash when he was last seen leaving his ex-wife’s Collierville home, fueling concerns he may be the victim of foul play, according to a Collierville police report released today.
He recently flew from Atlanta to Memphis to visit friends and his six children, friends said. He was scheduled to drive back to the Atlanta area July 19, with his six children and a friend. He was last seen at about 2 a.m. July 19, leaving his ex-wife’s Whisperwood Drive home. His former wife told police she doesn’t know who he left with or what type of car they were in, according to the missing person’s report.
Wright played 13 years in the NBA, including five with the Memphis Grizzlies, after playing two seasons at the University of Memphis.
Wright kept up an active Twitter feed that he often updated several times daily. It featured a picture of him playing in the old Grizzlies uniform, wearing No. 42 and guarding Shaquille O’Neal. It includes observations about his kids (playing Monopoly with them, teaching them to swim), including a picture from July 14, just days before his disappearance, featuring a smiling Wright and six kids wearing Japanese chef hats at a hibachi restaurant.
The feed went suddenly dormant on Sunday, July 19, with a timestamp of 12:22:41 p.m., with a response to someone with a handle of THEonlyMARY_P.
It is just one word: “why.” It is the last update from his feed, which had 125 followers and 375 tweets.
Wright’s standing comment for the page: “Entering a new part of my life with my eyes wide open!”
Former University of Memphis standout Chris Douglas-Roberts posted on his Twitter account: “RIP Memphis Tiger alum Lorenzen Wright.” Douglas-Roberts said he didn’t know what had happened to Wright or want to know.