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Feds To Investigate Death Of Black Texas Dad Whose Mutilation Was Called “Accidental Overdose”


Alfred Wright, a Black 28-year-old husband and father, was found dead last fall just outside a small town in Texas. Although his bodied was mutilated and evidence of trauma, authorities ruled “accidental overdose” as the cause of his death. A prominent elected official in Texas announced last week that the Department of Justice is now looking into the matter.

Wright, a father of three boys, worked as a physical therapist. After calling his wife Lauren, a white woman, after his truck broke down en route to seeing a patient, things began to unravel for the Wright family. According to Mrs. Wright, she called her parents to assist her husband who arrived at the store to find their son-in-law was gone. Wright’s wife says in an editorial piece that when she called her husband, all she could hear was heavy breathing when he answered.

Wright grew up in Jasper, the town where the infamous racially-charged murder of James Byrd took place. The family seems to allege his marriage to a white woman could have been motive for someone to kill the man.

Wright was found by his father and volunteers on November 13, with his throat slit, a missing ear and two missing front teeth. Police called off their search just after four days after Wright was initially reported missing, with he being found 18 days later. The state of Wright’s body raised cause of suspicion by the family, who believe that if Wright had been in the woods for 18 days his body would have been decomposed further.

After a coroner gave overdose as a cause of death, the Wright family hired a person to perform a second autopsy. Although the results of the blood work have yet to be returned, the investigator clearly puts the cause of death as a result of severe neck trauma and the slit throat.

Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee said last Monday in a press statement that Department of Justice will investigate the Alfred Wright case in a thorough and independent investigation. There was no timetable offered for the federal investigation, however.

The family maintains that Wright, a former athlete, was never seen using drugs of any sort and was practiced a clean lifestyle.

Savion Wright, Alfred Wright’s mother, started a GoFundMe account for he son’s wife, Lauren, and their children.

Photo: Wright Family

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  • godsent224

    Wow sounds like the unraveling of the worse cover up ever. Smh slit neck but died of overdose? Yeah ok

  • What a huge cover-up?

    • blaze68

      What cover up? There is no proof of any cover up nor proof that he was murdered.

      • DKBats

        Yeah blaze, it had to be an accident, how else did his throat get slashed, right. I think your remarks reflect one thing and that is that you have a problem with people who aren’t the same color you are and if that is the case maybe you need to go back to Nazi germany where you belong.

      • blaze68

        Neither coroner has said his throat was ‘slashed’. The second coroner said he had a cut on his throat which could very well have been cut while he was trying to climb a barbed wire fence. He also had shallow puncture wounds that are consistent with being poked by barbs on the barbed wire fence.
        Ah, the old race card eh? How ingenious! How novel! How totally f’ing irrelevant to my comments. Try again.

      • blaze68

        Now if all you have is a ‘cut’ on his throat, then you have no proof he was murdered as I stated in my original post.
        Got anything else?

  • CiCi AllAbout CiCi

    so sad!! trayvon, kendric Johnson, now him & who knos how many more it is, this crap HAS TO STOP!! they r just killing us & then the causes of death like this is just agghh so upsetting!!

    • blaze68

      Not to mention the 3 white males who were recently beaten, tortured, stabbed, shot, and the burned by 4 blacks.

  • Guest

    This is the brother of American Idol contestant Savion Wright… The one with the glasses and the twists. This is truly sad!

  • if a rapper had a brain

    I swear to God if I was in that area…. I’m so sick of the passive turn the other cheak we shall over come mess! Bothers and sisters, quit fighting each other and anoungst yourselves and defend each other and yourselves! Buy a firearm (leagealy) and defend yourself and each other. Be mindful of your environment and surroundings just because we have a black president things haven’t changed!

    • if a rapper had a brain

      cheek* I was tyipng too fast because I’m p off!

      • Dreday

        You need to go back and correctly spell legally!! Good point though

      • Brittany

        Don’t get online trying to correct somebody

  • Breezy

    Yeah just like the kid in Georgia who magically strangled himself in a rolled up mat at school. So this guy died of a drug overdose but his body was found with signs of trauma missing teeth and a slit throat? They must think black folks are f*cking stupid out there!

  • Beth

    Total BS….a drug overdose didn’t knock his teeth out, slash his throat. Come on people…no offense to Philip Hoffman, but he was found with the needle in his arm and they arrested his dealers and yet this man was found mutilated from an obvious homicide and you call it an overdose. Where’s his outcry? Where’s his justice?