Spring Melissa Wright
19 Years Old

September 2, 1977 to August 31, 1997

My daughter Spring Melissa Wright was born on September 2, 1977 at Mesa General Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She grew-up in Chandler, Arizona where she spent most of her life until she was a teenager.

During Spring’s early childhood, her mother and I got divorced and she went to live with her mother. She came to live with me when she was a teen and by then, I had remarried and moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

Spring seemed to adjust well to the changes in her life. She was always a very happy-go-lucky kind of person who always had a great big smile on her face. She could brighten-up a room when she walked in and somehow could put a smile on your face, no matter what kind of day you had.

As a teen, Spring gave me the normal teenager problems parents go through but I must say, overall she was a great person. Her biggest problem was not wanting to go to school; that was my biggest challenge with her. I believe Spring’s life turned-around in that area when she met her boyfriend Chris Foote, who lived in Phoenix. From that day forward, she strived to improve herself. She did for herself and for her family.

Spring was loved and is still loved by her family who misses her very much.

All we can hope for now, is that Spring is resting peacefully in her new Home.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

On August 31st, 1997 at 4:00AM, five people entered the home where my daughter Spring was living with her boyfriend and another couple. They used a sledge hammer to break-down the door and gain entry.

The five people posed as Bounty Hunters looking for someone. It was later determined in court to be a cover-up story. These five people tied-up children and two or three adults in the home before walking down the hallway to the room where my daughter and her boyfriend Chris Foote were sleeping. It was at this point when my life, Spring, Chris and my other family’s lives would change.

Two of the five people pounded on the bedroom door looking for someone who was not there. It was proven in court the person never lived there. They began firing shots into the room through the door and later in the room using automatic weapons. If I remember correctly, over 30 rounds were fired. In a moment, two young lives were gone!

Since that time, all five people were either convicted or plea-bargained and are spending time in prison. Arizona passed a bill into law changing the way Bounty Hunters operate in the state of Arizona.

We can only hope this kind of senseless act will stop.

I want to give my personal thanks to the state of Arizona, the County Attorney’s Office and a special thanks to Mr. Bill Clayton and his Staff.

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Spring Melissa Wright