Gospel music rocked the packed house at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in St. Gabriel Saturday.It was the appropriate way to send off Andre Wright. At age 25, he was a gospel artist who performed beyond his years. But his life was tragically cut short this past week.
The gospel director died Monday after he was shot while trying to stop a fight between his brother and another man.
“Andre was a phenomenal singer,” choir member Marchand Bolden said.
He served as musical director at several churches in the baton rouge area and served as a musician at many more.
“He supported everybody. Every musical, every concert… Andre was there supporting people, if not singing,” Bolden said.
Due to how loved and well-known he was in the community, the church couldn’t hold all those who wanted to attend Wright’s funeral.
But the service was more like a gospel concert than a somber occasion.
“For all of us to come together and remember him at such a young age, doing a great thing, speaks to the life that he lived,” Mayor Lionel Johnson said.
Bolden said Wright was a very peaceful, humble and honorable man who only wanted everyone to get along.
Deputies say 23-year-old Eric Robertson was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with Wright’s murder.