Dwayne Wright

Photo of young man with short brown hair, fair skin, and stubble; he is smiling slightly.Name: Dwayne Wright.
Died: December 23, 2018.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Homicide (Shooting).
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Dwayne grew up in the foster system. At age 26, he was living on his own in subsidized housing. An introverted young man, he kept to himself and, his grandfather says, didn’t like to look for trouble from anyone outside his small social circle.

Two days before Christmas, the neighbors’ dogs started barking and simply wouldn’t stop. Dwayne grew angry and yelled out his window at the dogs to “shut up”. In response, his neighbor and his neighbor’s daughter–he with a sawed off shotgun and she with a baseball bat–went to his door and confronted him. Shortly afterward, Dwayne was dead from a shotgun blast that went through his screen door and then his chest.

What was said in that confrontation is unknown to anyone but Dwayne and his two neighbors, who claim that Dwayne verbally abused them and admitted to using methamphetamine. They say that the gun went off while the daughter was trying to take it out of her father’s hands.

After the shooting, the neighbor’s wife helped him dump the gun, which still hasn’t been found, and tried to provide an alibi by claiming he’d been walking the dogs with her at the time of the killing. Both were eventually arrested.

The neighbor who shot Dwayne was convicted of manslaughter. He was sentenced to only four years in prison.

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