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Former UD official Meredith Chapman dies in apparent murder-suicide

Courtesy of University of Delaware

Former University of Delaware communications official Meredith Chapman died Monday in what Pennsylvania law enforcement officers say was a murder-suicide.

Radnor Township police say 48-year-old Jennair Gerardot broke into Chapman’s home, waited for her to arrive, then shot and killed her before turning the gun on herself.

Police say the murder-suicide stemmed from an affair between Chapman and Gerardot’s husband, Mark.


Chapman had recently started working at Villanova University as Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Creative Services and moved into the home in Radnor Township.


Chapman's family released a statement Tuesday afternoon through a spokesperson.

"Meredith was a beacon of light to anyone who was fortunate enough to meet her. She loved her family fiercely, was a compassionate friend and among the most talented and innovative professionals in her field. Her death was sudden and tragic, but will not define who she was to the thousands of people who loved her. Her family is devastated, heartbroken and requests privacy and respect as they grieve."

Chapman unsuccessfully ran as a Republican against Democratic State Senator Dave Sokola in 2016. In a statement, Sokola says he’s deeply saddened by her death.

"I’ve always respected my opponents and Meredith was certainly no exception. She was sharp, hard working, and motivated by a sincere desire to serve her community. She was bound for great things and it’s tragic for that light to go out so soon." said Sokola in his statement.

The 33-year-old previously handled communications for then-Congressman Mike Castle and also served as campaign manager for former State Treasurer Chip Flowers.

Chapman was married to Newark City Councilman Luke Chapman, who announced earlier this year he was not running for a fourth term.

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