Still Tragic: Family celebrates Lorenzen Wright's birthday by his grave

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We eulogized Lorenzen this summer after the confirmation that he was murdered in the woods near Germantown, a Memphis suburb.

Since then, there has been little information regarding the identity of his killer(s), and all that remains is the pain.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

Standing near her son's grave in Calvary Cemetery, the mother of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright stood with two dozen family members and friends Thursday to release 35 balloons on what would have been his 35th birthday.

Family members placed red and white wreaths at the head of the grave, which has no headstone yet.

Pastor Jerry Taylor of Greater Love Baptist Church led the group in reciting the 23rd Psalm.

Strong winds quickly swept up the 35 white balloons attached to curly, white string and pulled them over the trees toward a blue sky.

"Happy birthday to my son," said Deborah Marion, Wright's mom. "He gave me the best 34 years that any son could give any mom. ... We're celebrating like he's here anyway."

Let's pray something breaks soon and justice can be served and the family can be provided peace. In the meantime, we join in celebrating what would have yesterday been Wren's 35th birthday.

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