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Gruesome Details In Death of NBA Player

7/21/2011 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The family of murdered NBA star Lorenzen Wright is suing officials in Germantown, TN -- claiming it wouldn't have taken police 9 days to find his corpse if cops would simply have had Internet access.

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Wright was shot and killed in July 2010. A witness called 911 during the shooting ... but the caller never disclosed Wright's location. Still, Wright's family believes cops should have tracked the origin of the call with a common Internet program ... which would have allowed them to quickly locate Wright and possibly save his life.

Instead, it took cops 9 days to find Wright's body -- and by that time, the family claims ... "the exposure to the elements including substantial rain, extreme heat, indigenous animals and insects had reduced the remains from roughly 225 lbs to 57 lbs."

So why didn't the cops have Internet access???? Wright's family claims officials had BLOCKED the police from using online programs because certain officers had been abusing their web access.

Wright's family is devastated -- and wants the city to fork over more than $2 million in damages.

Wright was 34 years old at the time of his death. So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

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lanie    

What is the "common internet program" which would have found the location of the cellphone?

It seems the family should sue the shooter, not the police department. We can not expect that our police departments can solve every case - who knows they might have thought it was a prank?

For people who think this lawsuit merit - just remember that your tax payer money is where it will get paid from.

Maybe if there weren't so many frivolous lawsuits - our police departments would have the money to hire more staff and more technology to help save lives and recover murdered persons quicker.

1085 days ago
17.

T. Bag Jones    

Because nothing heals the pain of losing a loved one like a fat paycheck.

1085 days ago
18.

lanie    

According to wikipedia, no one from his family reported him missing for FOUR days. He went missing on July 18th and they reported him missing on July 22nd.

Mmmmhmmmm.

1085 days ago
19.

sane    

Why don't the family find out who and where was he hanging out. Maybe he should not of hung out with gun toting thugs!!

1085 days ago
20.

Memphis    

What is sad is that they are suing a City that just shut down the school year, because the City owes the school system about 80 million dollars. They wont pay so the schools called off the school year....so far

1085 days ago
21.

Julia    

http://news-world1.gu.ma/ < --- omg! I don't belive!

1085 days ago
22.

Anne    

His family did not report him missing until 4 days after they KNEW he disappeared, and now they are complaining?

1085 days ago
23.

Queen Karma    

I agree with Hep, Scott, Sandy.

1085 days ago
24.

Pat    

Another money hungry family trying to milk the city/state government!

1085 days ago
25.

writenow    

1085 days ago
26.

TMZgossip    

silly lawsuit
spastic family

1085 days ago
27.

tone    

Yes always blame the cops..

1085 days ago
28.

lynden    

The thug that killed this young man must be a real POS.

1085 days ago
29.

bunny    

Oh man that had to smell real bad. His body must have been far away from any civilians.

1085 days ago
30.

CCC    

I'm sure the family has a greedy, sleezy lawyer who talked them into this suit.

1085 days ago
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