New reports claim that the Brother of “American Idol” contestant Savion Wright was dating a ‘white’ relative of a law enforcement officer before he was found dead with his teeth and tongue removed in Hemphill.
Let’s rewind, in 1998, James Byrd Jr. –an African American-native — was killed by a group of white men who dragged him alive behind their truck for miles in the small town of Jasper, Texas.
Now, more than 15 years later, locals in the neighboring town of Hemphill are concerned that racism could yet be raising its ugly head in the midst of Alfred Wright (Savion’s brother) was found dead also with his tongue ripped out and rumors of his relationship with a white female played a part in the murder.
“Alfred was dating the white relative of someone in law enforcement,” one local source tells Radar Online. “You can’t do that in East Texas. If you’re a black man, you’ll get killed. They still have cross burnings in that area!”
Adding to the mystery, CNN reports that his wife found three charges for local hotels when she was out of town the month before he died.
And while the exact nature of Wright’s alleged relationship with the woman is unclear, Chuck Foreman, a private investigator hired by Wright’s family to work on the case, tells Radar exclusively that the Sheriff’s Department “knew about the rumors [about the woman and Wright]. That’s what makes it interesting. [They] definitely knew.”
Wright went missing on November 7th after his truck broke down outside of Hemphill. When help arrived an hour later, he had vanished.
Despite searchers finding pieces of his watch and clothes, Sabine Conty Sheriff Tom Maddox called off the search after just four days.
Wright’s family went ahead found the body on their own, several weeks later.
Lying in a pasture, he was stripped down to his boxer shorts, and his body had been mutilated.
“His [two front] teeth were missing and his tongue was removed,” Foreman tells Radar Online. “And an ear was missing.” According to some reports, his throat also appeared to be slashed.
After a second autopsy completed by an independent official hired by the family, claims there had been “severe trauma” to Wright’s body. The official autopsy, however, claimed that Wright had died of an accidental overdose of cocaine and methamphetamine, and attributed the other wounds to “animal and insect activity.”
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The family is however seeking answers for their many unanswered questions on why he was murdered and demands justice for Alfred. Meanwhile, Wright’s younger brother Savion was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday night after singing an original song dedicated to his dead brother.