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Lorenzen Wright's mother hopes lawsuit will bring answers

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(WMC-TV) - Lorenzen Wright's mother is outraged her son's murder has not been solved, and hopes a lawsuit will help bring answers in a case lacking many.

Smiling in photos and on souvenirs, Wright's presence remains all over Deborah Marion's living room.

"Emptiness in your heart that can never be replaced," Marion said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, weather-worn mementos mark the spot where Wright's decomposing body was found a year ago.

Tuesday Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong described the case as active, though only 28 tips have come into Crime Stoppers, and the reward is $6,000.

According Wright's mother, that is not enough.

"If enough money gets put in there, we will have somebody talking," Marion said. "The way the economy is, they would tell on their momma."

Marion filed a lawsuit in federal court against Shelby County and the cities of Collierville and Germantown. he complaint alleges Germantown did not properly handle a 911 call from Wright's phone on the night he went missing.

It also claims that Collierville police did not properly handle the missing person's case, and Shelby County did not properly coordinate the actions of other agencies.
"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out," Marion said. "They knew Lorenzen was missing. And they knew they had got that 911 call. They knew they had heard shots. Why you couldn't put two and two together?"

Marion's complaint seeks $2 million dollars in damages, but she says she's more concerned with finding answers.

"I'm not tired yet. I'm not gonna get tired until it's resolved," she said. "As long as I got air in me, this'll never be a cold case."

Wright's ex-wife, Sherra, also filed a complaint in federal court. Her allegations are nearly identical, and her lawsuit seeks $3.8 million in damages.

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