Man charged in 2010 slaying of ex-Hawks player Lorenzen Wright


Police in Memphis have charged a man with the 2010 murder of former National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright, according to The Commercial Appeal.

The 6-foot-11 Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other National Basketball Association teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009.

At about 10:30 in the evening of July 18, his ex-wife said he left her home in Collierville, a Memphis suburb, with drugs and an unspecified amount of cash.

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Last month, one of the guns police think was used to kill Wright was found in a MS lake.

"He was a young man who never forgot who he was, where he came from, the values that shaped him and the people who encouraged him along the way", then-Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton said at the time, per The Commercial Appeal.

Wright suffered personal and financial difficulties after his playing career ended in 2009.

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Born and raised in Memphis, he was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father's involvement as a coach in summer leagues. She also says that she overheard him saying on the phone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000", and that she watched him get into a auto with someone she was unable to identify.

Sherra said Lorenzen left her home in a auto with a person she could not identify. He had been living in Atlanta, but in July 2010 visited Memphis.

Wright called for help on his cell phone shortly after midnight on July 19, and as many as 11 gunshots can be heard on the tape. They didn't send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later.

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A few days after that, Wright's mother filed a missing-persons report. Wright's deteriorated body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer - which complicated the investigation. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright's skull, chest and right forearm.