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Alfred Wright death spurs heated protest

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Alfred Wright's family found his body in a wooded area of Sabine County. Alfred Wright's family found his body in a wooded area of Sabine County.
Alfred Wright's family members question the store clerk who may have been the last person to see him alive Alfred Wright's family members question the store clerk who may have been the last person to see him alive
Alfred Wright's body was found near this wooded area of a ranch in Sabine County, TX Alfred Wright's body was found near this wooded area of a ranch in Sabine County, TX
HEMPHILL, TX (KSLA) -

A heated protest in Hemphill, Texas turned ugly this past weekend. It involved the New Black Panther Party leader, Quanell X and a clash with a Hemphill resident.  There was a shouting match, finger pointing, and allegations before sheriff's deputies stepped in.

The family of Alfred Wright is trying to keep his case out front with rallies and protests. A little more than two weeks ago, Justice Department opened an investigation into the mysterious disappearance and death of the father of three.  Wright's truck broke down at the CL&M liquor store on a rural stretch of Highway 87 in Sabine County, Texas.  He called his family and by the time his family reached the store, he was gone.  Nineteen days later his body was found in a rural area, only about 25 yards from the liquor store.

KSLA News 12's Domonique Benn has been following the investigation.  She learned this past weekend, family members held a peace rally in his hometown of Jasper, Texas.  After the rally, a caravan of cars drove about 45 minutes away to Hemphill, the last place Wright was seen.  Protesters held a rally.

YouTube video shows a standoff between Quanell X and Hemphill resident, Nathan Ener.  The New Black Panthers were in Hemphill protesting and wanting answers from Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox.  Wright's family believes the sheriff knows more about his disappearance.

Wright's sister, Kassilia said her family wants to get justice for the inhumane and sadistic things done to him.  She said his children deserve to know what happened to him.

The official autopsy says Wright died from an accidental overdose on meth, cocaine, and amphetamines.  Wright's family hired their own pathologist Dr. Lee Ann Grossberg had a different opinion.  Grossberg said she has a high level of suspicion that Wright's death is a homicide.  Grossberg's autopsy states one of Wright's ears was cut off, his tongue was gone, and his throat was slit.  The family believes Wright's body was not initially where family members found it, nineteen days after he disappeared.  They said the body was in good condition and they believe he was tortured initially and later placed in the spot where family members found him.

In a new release, Alfred Wright's family addressed the issues at the protest.  They tell KSLA News 12 the Alfred Wright Foundation does not promote violence or anything to hinder their mission.  The foundation said, Nathan Enter approached, New Black Panther leader, Quanell X and Quanell X defended himself in a manner in which he chose.  The organization adds, they are not affiliated with or under the jurisdiction of any entity or organization.

After the confrontation, a person by the name of Nathan Ener went to Facebook and promoted a peaceful rally for this upcoming weekend in Hemphill.  He says it will include the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Pineknot Mafia, and Redneck Mafia just to name a few. Ener later spoke with KSLA News 12 Anchor, Domonique Benn and said that the protest is called off for this weekend.  He said he wanted to make it clear that he isn't a racist.  When asked why he posted the information about the Klan on his Facebook page, he said he simply wanted to let the people in the town know the Klan was coming.

Wright's family says they don't want violence, they just want answers, information, and closure for their family.

While family members were in Hemphill, they also stopped by the same store from where Alfred Wright disappeared.  The same clerk happened to be working.  The clerk may have been the last person to see Alfred Wright alive.  Family members asked the store clerk several questions regarding his disappearance.  The clerk told them she only saw him outside and didn't get a good look at him.  She says she saw him put his phone in his sock and take off running toward town.

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