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Lorenzen Wright memorial Wednesday in Memphis

Lorenzen Wright

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lorenzen Wright poses at the NBA basketball team’s media day in Independence, Ohio. Relatives and friends of Wright gathered Wednesday, July 28, 2010, and grieved for the former NBA player who has been missing for 10 days, as police investigated the discovery of a man’s body outside of Memphis. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)


It can sometimes get overlooked in the focus on the whodunit angle of the crime -- a good man was killed in Memphis.

Lorenzen Wright will not be forgotten today as thousands are expected to come to the FedExForum for a memorial service for him.

Wright was found murdered in a wooded area near Memphis on July 28, nearly a week after he had been reported missing. He leaves behind six children.

Wright was a Memphis native who attended Booker T. Washington High School in the city and went on to play for the University of Memphis. During his 13-year professional career, five of his prime years were spent playing for the Grizzlies in his hometown. Those were the first five years the Grizzlies were in the town, having just moved from Vancouver.

Speakers at the service will include Wright’s high school coach and Michael Heisley, the owner of the Grizzlies.

The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. in Memphis (Central time). WREG in Memphis will have a live stream of the memorial on their Web site.

A memorial fund has been set up in Wright’s honor where tax-deductible donations can be made.