Call For Help

July 29, 2010

In the early hours of July 19, a Germantown dispatcher received a 911 call from Lorenzen Wright’s cell phone.

The dispatcher heard a garbled male voice utter an expletive, then at least 10 gunshots.

“Hello? Hello? Can you hear me?” the dispatcher asked.

The phone went dead.

The dispatcher called back. No one answered.

We know now those were the beloved basketball star’s final moments. His body was found in a remote, open field 10 days after he disappeared, 10 days after that call for help. His murder is still unsolved.

Left Photo:
Memphis Grizzlies head coach Mike Fratello and Lorenzen Wright celebrate an Eddie Jones three-point basket in the final minute against the Charlotte during the second half of NBA basketball action Sunday, March 26, 2006. (Photo by Nikki Boertman)

Right Photo:
Lorenzen Wright holds his three-year-old son, Lorenzen Wright Jr., while talking to campers at the 1998 Lorenzen Wright City of Memphis Basketball Camp.