David Bryant Wright, cabinetmaker and veteran

The Baltimore Sun

David Bryant Wright, a cabinetmaker and a Marine Corps veteran, was fatally shot Feb. 4, the victim of a robbery attempt in a house in the 1600 block of Gorsuch Ave. The East Baltimore resident was 47.

Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, said yesterday that police continue to investigate the case.

Mr. Wright was born in Baltimore and raised on Chilton Street. He was a 1979 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, where he played varsity basketball and football.

Mr. Wright, who served in the Marine Corps from 1981 to 1985, attained the rank of sergeant.

After being discharged, he earned a certificate in network cabling from what was then Catonsville Community College. From 2001 to 2002, he attended Sojourner-Douglass College, where he studied to become a youth counselor.

He worked briefly as a cable technician for Kiwi Inc. before joining the Montgomery County Department of Juvenile Services.

"He had a passion for working with youth," said his wife of three years, the former Shawnte Jones, a Baltimore businesswoman.

Since 2004, Mr. Jones had been employed as a cabinetmaker at J.K. Cabinets.

Mr. Wright enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, as well as running and basketball.

He was an active member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Ministries, 6000 Radecke Ave., where services will be held at 9:45 a.m. today.

Also surviving are a stepson, Derek J. Fields of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Brittany Palmer and Halle Palmer, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Richard Wright and Reginald Wright, both of Baltimore; and six sisters, Patricia Wright of Atlanta, Audrey Wright of Owings Mills, Arlene Moore of Randallstown, Cynthia Waters of Glen Burnie, and Debra Wright and Charisma Wright, both of Baltimore.

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