Legendary singer Betty Wright son killedTue, Dec 27, 2005
What seemed to be a joyous celebration with more than 100 partygoers in attendance, turned tragic for Patrick Parker, the 21-year-old son of soul singer Betty Wright.
According to a source close to the family, 21-year-old Patrick Parker was fatally wounded after an altercation.
Parker is one of 5 children of the famed singer who was on a 7-day vacation cruise when notified of the tragedy.
"We were extremely close," said Wright, who spawned a new era in funk and disco in the '70s and '80s. Her 1974 hit Where is the Love catapulted her into music royalty, earning her a Grammy and leading to future collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Erykah Badu and Jennifer Lopez.