According to the New York Post, a 911 call was placed in the early hours of July 19, 2010, that came from Wright’s cell phone. It was a brief but chilling call — the operator asked for more information from the frantic person on the other end of the line, then a slight scuffle ensued, followed by several gunshots (posted on YouTube). It would be another nine days before authorities would discover Wright’s lifeless body in a mature state of decomposition near a golf course in Memphis, Tennessee, though his assailant(s) were nowhere to be found.
On July 22, Wright’s mother noted her son’s absence and filed a missing person’s report. Police reached out to the NBA star’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright Robinson, for additional leads. Robinson told them that Lorenzen had left her house on the night of July 18 after an argument broke out between them and that he intended to meet some unsavory associates of his for a drug deal. He returned to the homestead for a brief time around 10:30 p.m. with a large amount of cash, but details became foggy after that. Tragically, Wright would never be seen alive again by anyone but his killers, one of whom turned out to be Sherra Wright Robinson (per the New York Daily News).