Family of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright holds vigil ahead of murder trial

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- Sunday was a day of remembrance for the those who knew and loved Memphis Grizzlies player Lorenzen Wright. 

A vigil marking the ninth anniversary of his death was held at the FedEx forum. 

Unlike years past, relatives are closer to justice with the upcoming trial of two suspects accused in the player’s death.  

For nine years, Lorenzen Wright’s mother has waited for her son’s accused killers to have their day in court. 

On Sunday, the focus was on the joy and laughter Wright brought to those who were closest to him. 

Since her son’s murder back in 2010, he’s never been absent from her heart. 

“It’s not about his death,” explained Deborah Marion. “It’s not about his life, how he lived. You know how he cared for everybody. There wasn’t anybody who need something who he didn’t help.”

His mother wore a t-shirt to the vigil that said, “The unjust will not prosper.”

The murder case was cold for 7 years until police got a tip about a murder weapon in a Mississippi lake. 

Wright’s ex-wife Sherra Wright was charged with conspiracy to kill the star player in 2017 along with her friend Billy Ray Turner. 

Despite the years it took for the pair to be charged, Marion says it was worth the wait. 

“I’m glad it took so long so they can get permanent evidence,” said Marion. “Not any fly by night evidence. They can get the real deal evidence. I’m glad it took that long because they can get everything they needed.”

Lorenzen’s uncle who also attended shared his thoughts on the upcoming trial. 

“I feel the lord will be in the room, in the courtroom at that time,” he said. “We love the family as a whole still love the family, including Sherra.”

Marion said she’s long-awaited justice for her son whose gone but never forgotten. 

“We got six kids that don’t have a father and never will have one,” shared Wright’s mother. “They’re not going to have a mother. It’s just them against the world.”

Marion said she feels a sense of calm ahead of the trial, which is set to start September 16th. 

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