Account set up at CNB for assault victim Wright

BY PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

A fund has been set up at City National Bank for Chris Wright, the 26-year-old victim of an aggravated assault that took place outside of Days Inn about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Wright, the son of Sigmond Wright of Sulphur Springs and Trish Johnson of Tyler, remains in serious but stable condition at East Texas Medical Center with severe facial injuries, bruised lungs and a fractured spine, but has been taken off a respirator and is breathing on his own, according to Elaina Jones, proprietor of the Celtic Queen, where Sigmond has been the property manager for the past five years.

"Sigmond has been by his son's side since this happened," said Elaina, who along with her husband, Wally, set up the account. "We've been blessed by his friendship and employment, and we just want to do what we can to help take care of him."

A felony arrest was made Wednesday evening when 24-year-old Judson Talbert Weaver turned himself in at the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office.

Allegations that Wright's injuries were racially motivated has caused tension in the community.

What investigators are saying is that Weaver, who is Caucasian, and Wright, an African American, engaged in a verbal altercation in the Days Inn bar, where Wright's girlfriend is employed. Later, after the bar closed, District Attorney Martin Braddy said, another verbal altercation ensued, and something occurred which resulted in Wright leaning into Weaver's GMC Yukon. Braddy said Weaver accelerated the vehicle while Wright was still leaning partially in the window of the vehicle, carrying Wright some distance before the victim fell and sustained severe injuries after hitting the pavement.

"We're anxious for him [Chris] to be able to tell us what took place," said Johnson.

According to Johnson, her son is "getting better and better each day."

"That does my heart good," she said.

Wright was born and raised in Hopkins County and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School. He currently is employed with Union Pacific Railroad.

" Anyone who knows Sigmond and his family knows the quality of their character," said Elaina. "His brother Kendall was a star football player for SSHS and now plays for Northwestern Missouri State and was featured in the News-Telegram this past year.

"Sigmond is more than an employee — he is a trusted and treasured friend. We are starting this fund to help his family with accommodations, medical expenses and any other needs that arise because of this horrible incident.  And we are asking the entire community for their prayers for this fine family and to participate and show their care and support by sending contributions to The Account for Benefit of Christopher Wright – City National Bank."

Contributions can be made at any branch or can be mailed to 1133 Mockingbird Lane, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482.  

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