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News Release from Sheila Jackson Lee

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE ANNOUNCES THAT U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

TO INVESTIGATE TRAGIC DEATH OF ALFRED WRIGHT OF JASPER, TEXAS

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, released the following statement regarding her request that the United States Department Justice investigate the mysterious death of Alfred Wright, a 28-year old African American male from Jasper, Texas:

"In response to my request to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of January 23, 2014, I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice will investigate and take appropriate action in connection with the tragic and mysterious death of Alfred Wright, a 28-year old African American male from Jasper, Texas, whose body was found 18 days after he was first reported missing in a location that had allegedly been searched more than 17 days before by local law enforcement officials.

"I am confident that the Department of Justice will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into all the circumstances surrounding this tragedy and to take appropriate action necessary to vindicate the federal interest, protect the civil rights of all Americans, ensure that all persons receive equal justice under law.

"We are all better off when the facts are discovered, the truth is discerned and the family and the community are at peace."

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