One year later, Lorenzen Wright's murder remains unsolved - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

One year later, Lorenzen Wright's murder remains unsolved

(WMC-TV) - One year after Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright's murder, investigators said they have run out of tips to help solve the case.

Memphis Crime Stoppers Executive Director Buddy Chapman said their hotline has only received two dozen tips, the last of them in May.  Chapman said that is unusual for such a high profile case.

Anna Mae Wright, Lorenzen Wright's 82-year-old grandmother, has a life-sized poster of her grandson in her home.  She said it pains her each time she sees it.

"I hate to go by it," she said.  "It's very difficult."

Anna Mae Wright used to watch her grandson on the court for the Memphis Grizzlies.  Before that, the Memphis basketball legend played for the Memphis Tigers and Booker T. Washington High School.

"I miss him," said Anna Mae Wright.  "And I hate he had to go like that."

She said she also hates that justice has not been done for her or Lorenzen Wright's six children.

"I feel sorry for them, 'cause they came in and took him," said Anna Mae Wright.

The case started off as a Collierville missing persons case.  Lorenzen Wright's mother reported him missing four days after he left his ex-wife's home, never to be seen again.

Days went by before investigators discovered Wright made a call to Germantown 911.  Gunshots rang out in the background of the call.

Memphis Police discovered Lorenzen Wright's body in a wooded area near Hacks Cross and Winchester ten days after he disappeared.  By then, his 6-11, 255 pound body had decomposed and weighed only 57 pounds.

An autopsy said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

"Somebody out there know, they just won't tell it," said Anna Mae Wright.

Chapman said one reason there may be such silence surrounding the case is that the reward is only $6,000.  He said a representative with the Grizzlies earlier said, "The Grizzlies would put up money, but only if someone else did."

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