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Marchers question Alfred Wright investigation
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Family members and friends of Alfred Wright joined dozens of supporters at a 'Protest for Justice' rally and march in Beaumont Saturday.
Wright was the subject of a large search in early November. His body was found about three weeks after he disappeared. An autopsy ordered by Sabine County determined his death was accidental, the result of several drugs including cocaine and methamphetamine.
Demonstrators at the rally said they don't accept the ruling.
"What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now," a large crowd chanted, rallying behind the family of Alfred Wright.
His parents and an empty coffin with Wright's picture inside led a march to the Jack Brooks Federal Building in Beaumont.
"My son Alfie was taken to Sabine County jail and later murdered by Sabine County officials," Wright's father, Douglas Wright, said to the crowd.
No one has come forward with evidence of that but the family is convinced there's more to his disappearance and death than an accident.
"Now it's time for me to speak for him," Wright's wife, Lauren Wright, said.
Wright's family reported him missing Nov. 7th after they said his truck broke down near Hemphill.
The Sabine County Sheriff's Office searched along with other agencies. Investigators found pieces of his clothing and personal belongings but stopped looking after a few days.
Family and friends continued the search and found Wright's body Nov. 25th, not far from where he was last seen.
Now, his family questions the investigation.
"The search was made only in one direction away from his body. We found his body. We found his body. And so yes, I have problems with it," Douglas Wright said.
"I told them from the beginning that looked like everything was staged," Alfred Wright's mother, Rosalind Wright, said.
A private autopsy performed on behalf of the family couldn't determine a cause of death but a pathologist for the family said she saw, "findings that were suspicious of homicidal violence."
An autopsy ordered by Sabine County found Wright's death was accidental from combined drug intoxication, including cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine.
"That is a bunch of malarkey," Rosalind Wright said.
"There was drugs in his system because they put 'em there," Douglas Wright said.
The investigation has drawn the attention of Houston community activist Quanell X, who spoke at the rally.
"I told brother Alfred's family from the beginning what these dirty devils were going to do," he said.
Wright's family and supporters want the FBI to take over the investigation.
"All we want is justice for my son," Rosalind Wright said. "We want to find the culprit that murdered my son. I really believe that this was a hate crime."
The Texas Department of Public Safety said it's investigating Alfred Wright's death.
KFDM News called the Sabine County Sheriff's Office for reaction to the statements made at the rally questioning the handling of the case and has not heard back from the Sheriff's Office.