Thursday, July 17, 2008

Booker Van Buren Wright 1889 1932

Booker Van Buren Wright was the son of Joel Martin Wright and Jane R. Venters.  This poor family.  They had more deaths and problems among their children as I have written on other days.  Joel was the brother to my great grandfather Jesse Wright and to Bad John Wright.

Booker was the 6th child of Joel and Jane. He was born on November 5, 1889.  He grew up, married and 3 children and served as a Constable for the Fleming-Neon Police Department.

Booker was shot and killed when he went to a house to arrest a suspect on a warrant for public intoxication.  When he arrived at the home the suspect opened fire.  He was able to return fire.  He was wounded in the right and left thighs and bled to death.  The suspect was arrested and charged with murder, but was found not guilty by reason of self defense.

I didn't read in the report that Booker drew first.  He died on November 7, 1932 and is buried in Hemphill at his brother, Broaz Wright Cemetery. 

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