Family of Victim Speaks

Mar. 29, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM)-- Forty-four-year-old Peter Wright was a nurse on the 5th floor of Doctor's Hospital. Police say he was the first person shot by the suspect Charles Johnston.

News Leader 9 spoke exclusively with his family today.

Carla Wright says her husband of eighteen years, Pete, was someone who loved his profession. She says Pete has been a nurse for thirteen years- eleven of which he spent at Doctor's Hospital.

"Pete was such a loving, kind person. Anybody that knew him- family and friends- if you knew him, you would know how loving and kind he was. He provided excellent care to all his patients. He would have done the best he could on you. If you were in the hospital in urgent, dire, critical care, he would be the one you'd want- you'd want to have Pete as your nurse," she said.

The Wright family tells us Pete loved caring for people so much that he even traveled to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

They go on to describe him as a loving father to his fourteen year old daughter- someone who loved nature and took joy in doing home improvement projects.

His wife says she doesn't know if her husband did care for the suspect's mother before her death in 2004 or if his death is a case of mistaken identity. But she says if he was one of her caregivers, he would have all that he could for her since that was what he did for every one of his patients.

"I know he would have done his best job to have helped his mother. I know he would have," she added.

The Wright family says they would like to thank the Doctor's Hospital staff and the community for their support along with those doctors who tried to save Peter's life.

His wife, Carla, would also like to thank Leslie Harris, one of the other victims, for his efforts that day.

Peter Wright's viewing will be tomorrow at the Vance-Brooks Funeral Home on Macon Road in Columbus from 6 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will also be held there on Monday at 12:30 PM

A military funeral for Wight will held afterwards at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery as he served as a Marine for a period of time.