Death of Lawrence man found in his car ruled a homicide

Gregory Wright Jr.

Gregory Wright Jr.

The death of a Lawrence man who was found unresponsive in his car last year has been ruled a homicide.

Gregory Wright Jr., 27, died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to an autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office. The M.E. ruled Wright’s manner of death a homicide.

Police sources with intimate knowledge of the investigation believe the motive behind the killing revolved around the fact that Wright dressed as a woman.

Police sources believe the suspect punched Wright, who was dressed as a woman, and then placed him inside his Lexus. Sources believe the suspect may have even sat in Wright’s Lexus for a short period of time, hoping he would regain consciousness, but then fled when Wright didn’t revive.

Police found Wright unresponsive in his car around 10:30 p.m. in the area of Spring Street and Kafer Alley on November 28. He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Also known as “Lil’ Greg,” Wright graduated from Nottingham High School in 2008 and attended Mercer County Community College for performing arts. His death will be considered a 2017 homicide statistic by the prosecutor’s office and TPD officials are expected to update their numbers with state police.

Counting Wright, 25 people were killed in Trenton last year, which includes the deaths of Lea Pringle and Rodney Taylor, whom both were killed by hit-and-run drivers.

That number does not include the “suspicious death” of Lillian Duran, whose body was found wrapped in a trash bag on the side of Lamberton Street. A medical examiner ruled Duran’s death inconclusive, but law enforcement sources believe she died from a drug overdose after being forced to take a “hot bag” of dope, then later dumped on the side of the road as a warning to others.

At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with Wright’s death. Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at 609-989-6406. Or use the Trenton police confidential tip line at 609-989-3663.

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