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Body found in Memphis is Wright

Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:50 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 11:03 pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A body found Wednesday in a wooded area in southeast Memphis is former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, learned early Wednesday.

The Wright family released a statment late Wednesday night confirming the death.

Wright was 34 years-old.

"Lorenzen’s family has come together to mourn his loss and honor his legacy," the statement said. "We appreciate your thoughts, prayers and condolences as they are comforting at this very difficult time. Additionally, we ask that you please respect our privacy as we try to cope with his sudden loss.”

Wright was last seen July 19 and reported missing last Friday. Memphis Police have not confirmed anything. But multiple media outlets are reporting that Wright was shot multiple times, meaning this will likely be considered a homicide investigation into the death of the former lottery pick.

Wright's death has special meaning in Memphis. The 6-foot-11 center is the rare athlete who played high school basketball (Booker T. Washington High), college basketball (University of Memphis) and professional basketball (Grizzlies) in his hometown. He leaves behind six children.
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Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:15 pm

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Given the circumstances, is there any possibility people could express their condolences and pay their respects without this turning into a debate about captial punishement, grammar useage, etc...?  I realize this is a public forum and people have the right to say whatever they want, but a man was just found dead.  Perhpas that should be the focus.  This post will probably not be popular with some, but this is a tragic situation and deserves a bit of thoughtfulness, imo.

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:14 pm
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Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:07 pm

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darrent williams was at the wrong place with an older team mate. he certainly wasnt doing anything that played a role in his death.

to imply otherwise is just wrong.  from all account dw was a quality kid who was already doing quite a bit for his home town youth programs.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:05 pm

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So, would you continue putting people to death knowing that 3 out of every 20 you do are innocent?

I'll take that one step further.  Forget 3 out of 20 .....   if even 1 out of  ONE MILLION people convicted of murder/child molestation etc  are innocent then we can't have a death penalty.. anywhere.

Please don't tell me that sacrificing that one person is ok if almost a million other murderers were dead.  Unless of course you don't mind being that person.  If you are willing to GIVE YOUR LIFE away to get rid of murderers then your opinion is welcomed....

Imagine being that dude ... the INNOCENT  dude that's being tied down to a chair with his family watching him DIE....

And then when you're done imagining that, go ahead and tell me one more time how capital punishment is ok.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:04 pm

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There total number of executions in the United States is relatively small when compared to the number of capital crimes that are committed. Statististics on whether capital punishment is a deterrent or not are useless: judges give sentences primarily to punish the offender, not to deter his cousin, you, or me from committing a crime. Logically, for those statistics to have meaning, you would have to know how many people did not commit a crime because of fear of punishment. I am not sure how many people report the crimes they were thinking about committing but decided not to. It would make a good "Family Feud" question, though. I can just hear Richard Dawson saying "100 people surveyed, top five answers on the board, here's the question...Why did you not 'off' your ex-wife or husband?" Sure, you could compare our murder rates per 100,000 people to other countries, but the cultures are very different, largely due to our capitalist society, which I am not willing to trade for a lower murder rate as compared to any socialized nation.

For those given the death penalty, there is no one person who condemns a person to death other than perpetrator of the crime himself. In reality, capital punishment is reserved for the most heinous crimes, such as those perpetrated against children.

I do not support capital punishment, but not because of any moral issues. Due to the financial cost (bill given to taxpayers, of course) incurred due to the extensive appeals granted to a man sentenced to death, it seems better to leave some of these folks in prison. Life in prison is just fine, as long as it really is a miserable place. Maybe the U.S. should outsource our prisons to the South American countries that need the money and know how to run a real prison. Our inmates get better meals than many of our k-12 students.

It is easy to be against the death penalty...until a family member of yours is murdered.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:03 pm

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that's because they don't televise it.  show criminals what they could potentially get & it will deter.  there's a difference between killing and murder.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:03 pm

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I wish it were true, but there is no evidence whatsoever that the death penalty lowers crime/murder rates.  Criminals, in particular killers, are not thinking rationally.  So they don't think, "Oh, this state has the dealth penalty so I better not do this."  Most are simply not rational thinkers when the crime is commited.  Some states with the most onerous penalties continue to have the highest crime rates.

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:01 pm

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There have only been 1,221 executions since 1976.  The average time spent on death row is over a decade.  According to one website there were 7,115 death penalty sentences handed out from 1976 to 2006.  That means only 1 out of every 6 death row inmates actually had the sentence carried out.  The average cost to house a death row inmate is about $35,000 per year, not counting legal costs.

The death penalty isn't a deterrent because it isn't used enough.  And to use the old argument that, "you're no better than them," is completely illogical.  We did't commit the crime.  They did.  They knew the consequences of their actions.  Normal, law-abiding citizens follow the law because it is moral and right to do so.  But we also follow the law because we're afraid of the consequences if we don't.  Until we actually enforce the executions in a timely manner, we won't know if it is a deterrent.  We're a nation of laws that is gradually being eroded because we don't follow through on the consequences of our actions.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:58 pm

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The death penalty statistically speaking may not deter people from killing, however if you take a life you have no right to continue
to live and have the government pay thousands of dollars to sustain you on a yearly basis. And no this is not the same as committing murder, by taking a life you need to know that your life is in jeopardy so that individual is making their own choice.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:56 pm

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WOW!!!! The only thing you have to say is "There should be their". Someone died dummy think about that instead of a grammar lesson. My thoughts are with the family.

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