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Alfred Wright's family holds protest rally

Updated: Saturday, August 9 2014, 12:02 AM CDT
HOUSTON - by Kara Dixon

The last time Rosalind Wright saw her son, Alfred, was in November 2013.

"I just miss his laughter. He was a very humorous individual. I just miss that so much," she said.

Wright went missing in Hemphill in November and was found later that month. Today, authorities arrested Shane Hadnot, who they say gave Wright drugs he overdosed on. The family says they're not buying it.

"He is the fall guy. He is the scapegoat. He is the smoke screen," said Alfred's father Douglas Wright, Sr..

Douglas Wright says he taught Hadnot in school.

"I've been praying for justice for our son. I'll be praying for justice for him too,"Douglas Wright said.

More than a dozen family members and supporters gathered in downtown Houston at the Wells Fargo Plaza where they say the Department of Justice is located.

Quannell X, a member of the New Black Panther Party, was in attendance. He says they asked for investigators from Washington, D.C. to help with the investigation, but like many of their other requests, they were ignored.

"We got exactly what we said we would get...nothing," X said.

Wright's father says they want a full investigation into their son's death and members of the community have been giving them tips on what happened the day Wright disappeared.

"He was doing good, not bad, and they know what we stand for. They know justice is due. Justice is due for us," Douglas Wright said.

Wright's mother says she knows her son is in heaven looking down on the family during this time.

"He's looking down saying 'go ahead momma. I knew you would take care of this,'" Rosalind Wright said.

With the news of the arrest, the family doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon.

"We're not going anywhere. We're not going away. I don't care if I have to get that little sign and stand on the corner," Wright's mother said.

Supporters say they plan to present Wright's investigation and other well known cases, like Trayvon Martin, to the United Nations in November to bring international attention to the justice system.
Alfred Wright's family holds protest rally


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