7 Years After This NBA Star Was Found Dead, Police Unravelled The Mystery Behind His Murder

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It’s summer in Memphis, Tennessee, when the body of beloved NBA player Lorenzen Wright is retrieved from a secluded field on the outskirts of the city. For years, he was the toast of the town, a larger-than-life figure in a city obsessed with basketball. Now he has been murdered in cold blood – and the case will remain a mystery for the next seven years.

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Growing up in the college town of Oxford, Mississippi, Lorenzen was drawn to basketball from a young age. Herb, his father, was a professional player in Finland, but every summer he would return to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where Lorenzen would visit and work on his own game.

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Eventually, Lorenzen’s practice paid off, and as a senior in high school he relocated to Memphis to play for Booker T. Washington High. There he became the team’s star player and began dating Sherra, the daughter of his basketball coach. After graduating, he stayed in Memphis for college and signed up to play ball for the Tigers.

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