*Toya Wright has opened up to PEOPLE about recently losing her two brothers to gang violence. Wright, who has filed for divorce from her husband Memphitz, recalled how family members were initially hesitant to reveal the full details about the devastating news.
“I got a call from my sister-in-law and she was like, ‘Your brothers just got shot,’” recalls Wright, who was hosting a party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the time of the call. “The music was loud and I’m [thinking], this can’t be real.”
On July 31, Wright’s brothers, Ryan “Rudy” Johnson, 24, and Joshua “Fish” Johnson, 31, were found shot to death inside a car in New Orleans’ seventh ward. Family members weren’t forthcoming with details about the shooting, and Wright said on the night of the tragedy, she started calling her relatives but no one would pick up the phone.
“I guess they didn’t want to tell me what was really going on,” she says. Eventually, she spoke with her sister-in-law who broke the news.
“It was the worst news ever,” she continued. “Murders happen every day and this is another dark night in New Orleans. You hear about stories like this all the time, but it doesn’t really hit you until you get that call. It hits so close to home.”
Wright is better known as being the ex-wife to rapper Lil Wayne. Since their breakup, she has been raising their daughter, Reginae Carter. In 2011, Toya and Mickey “Memphitz” Wright were married in Atlanta, four years later she confirmed that they had separated.
Toya wrote a book called “Priceless Inspiration,” and she owns a boutique called G.A.R.B. in New Orleans, LA, and GARB Shoetique in Smyrna, GA.
She starred in her own reality show on BET called “Toya: A Family Affair” in 2011.