When people get married they hope it’s to their best friend, their soulmate, the one person that will be with them until the end of the line. Lorenzen wanted just that, he wanted his Mrs. Wright but what he got instead was a Mrs. wrong, a Mrs. oh so terribly wrong.
Lorenzen Vern-Gange Wright was born on November 4, 1975 (that’s the day I got married…just the day not the year) in Oxford, Mississippi. When he was a senior in high school his family moved to Memphis. After attending the University of Memphis Wright was drafted by the LA Clippers in the 1996 NBA draft. In 1999 he played for the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001. Between 2006 and 2009 Wight played for the Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, and returned for a quick stint in Atlanta. Now that we have gotten the preliminary stuff out of the way let’s move on to his disappearance.
According to his ex wife Sherra Wright-Robinson, Lorenzen left his house in Collierville, Tennessee on the night of July 18, 2010 and never came back. She stated that he had taken drugs and a large sum of money with him that night when he went out. His family would file a missing persons report on July 22 and his body would be discovered in a wooded area shortly after on July 28, 2010. The case went cold despite a $30,000 reward being offered in 2011.
On November 9, 2017 a sweep of a Walnut, Mississippi lake resulted in the discovery of what was believed to be the gun used to kill Lorenzen Wright. On December 5, 2017 Billy R. Turner, a landscaper from Collierville, Mississippi was indicted on first degree murder charges in relation to the case. On December 15, 2017 Sherra Wright-Robinson was arrested and charged with murder.
It is believed that she was motivated by Wright’s 1 million dollar life insurance policy as he had not yet taken her off as a beneficiary before the time of his death. On July 25, 2019 Wright-Robinson pleaded guilty to facilitation of first degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
They say money can make people do crazy things….I guess it can also turn that special someone from a Mr./Mrs. Wright to a Mr./Mrs. Wrong real quick.
I don’t follow basketball as much as soccer, football, baseball and hockey. I remember hearing a couple of things about this dude, but had no idea his wife was involved.
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