There’s A Heartbreaking Reason Why Exonerated Five’s Korey Wise And His Girlfriend Never Reconnected After Prison

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Korey Wise and Ava DuVernay attend OWN With The Cinema Society Host A Party For Ava DuVernay And "Queen Sugar" at Laduree Soho on May 20, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

There’s A Heartbreaking Reason Why Exonerated Five’s Korey Wise And His Girlfriend Never Reconnected After Prison

"When They See Us" director Ava DuVernay reveals the truth.

Published July 30, 2019

Written by Moriba Cummings

Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, chronicling how five innocent young men were robbed of their innocence and freedom, continues to be a conversation piece. In fact, while answering fans' burning questions about the series and the Exonerated Five (formerly known as the Central Park Five), DuVernay said that Korey Wise, in particular, was robbed of something much more than was shown on-screen.

As viewers of the miniseries saw, on the fateful night that started his decades-long nightmare, Korey decided to bail on his date with his then-girlfriend, Lisa, and go to Central Park with his friends. Viewers could not help but realize that he would have likely never gone to jail for a crime he did not commit if he hadn't gone to the park that day. The series even shows Korey replayed different scenarios in his head of his date with Lisa while he was locked away in solitary confinement.

Remembering this, a fan asked DuVernay if Korey ever reconnected with Lisa once he was released from prison. Her response is utterly heartbreaking.

"I'm sorry," she tweeted in response. "Korey never reconnected with his girlfriend from the time of his arrest. Sadly, she passed away before he was released from prison 13 years later. Whenever Korey mentions Lisa to this day, he always adds 'Rest in Peace.' I truly hope she is."

The four-part series follows the lives of Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson and Raymond Santana before, during, and after their incarceration.

While all five men were incarcerated, Korey Wise's experience differed from the rest as he received a harsher sentence to be tried as an adult in prison since he was older than the others. Most of his time in prison was spent in solitary confinement.

When They See Us currently stands as one of Netflix's most-watched shows in the streaming platform's history, with more than 20 million accounts having viewed it.

(Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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