Alfred Wright was a 28-year-old physical therapist, father, and husband. His wife describes him as “a man of faith.” He was on his to way work when his pickup truck broke down in Sabine County, Texas. He was found mutilated 18 days later, with his throat slashed, and ears missing. Police have ruled his death to have been from “drug overdose.” Now, the Department of Justice is getting involved to investigate this as a possible hate crime.
When Alfred went missing, the police were little help. His body was found 18 days after he was first reported missing. Local law enforcement officials said that they had been searching all of that time, but had turned up nothing.
His wife Lauren knew something was wrong when he tried to call her and was disconnected. When she called him back, all she heard was heavy breathing.
She texted him for hours, begging him to pick up. But there was no response. When his parents reached his truck, he was no where to be found.
Parked outside of a package store, the store clerk said she saw Alfred. She acknowledges he was dressed in scrubs, but says that after he talked on his cell phone, he took off running, of “his own free will.”
Racial tensions have been high in the area and many in the area believe the police, and perhaps even those who last saw Wright, are covering something up. There seems little reason for him to have run off into them middle of the woods, where he was found. Still, police have ruled his death a drug overdose.
Now, according to Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the Department of Justice will investigate Wright’s death. Lee asked the U.S. Attorney General last week to investigate “all the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.”
The DOJ has agreed to conduct an independent investigation, which will focus on whether Wright’s death was racially motivated. Lee says the investigation must “take appropriate action necessary to vindicate the federal interest, protect the civil rights of all Americans, ensure that all persons receive equal justice under law.
“We are all better off when the facts are discovered,” she continued “the truth is discerned and the family and the community are at peace.”
Wright’s family are asking for donations to help cover their expenses related to this tragic loss, Click here to help: Alfred Wright Foundation at GoFundMe.
Wright’s family believes he was murdered. They say local law enforcement knows something. If you agree with them, then SPREAD THE WORD to keep the pressure on the Department of Justice, so that those responsible can be brought to justice!
(Article by M.B. David; Shante Wooten; images via local KSLA)