Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Alleged love triangle ends in 2 women shot dead in Pa

Alleged love triangle ends in 2 women shot dead in Pa

A Pennsylvania wife allegedly shot a woman she believed was having an affair with her husband in an ambush that ended in a murder-suicide, police said.

Former University of DE communications official Meredith Chapman died Monday in what Pennsylvania law enforcement officers say was a murder-suicide. William Colarulo, the Radnor Township Police Superintendent, declared that the homicide detectives are hard at work, searching through Gerardot's online and phone history. She was a lot like Gerardot - a successful, driven, marketing professional in the DE area.

Gerardot reportedly broke into Chapman's Pennsylvania home and shot her as she walked through the door at 7pm, before taking her own life. She then waited for Chapman to return home, according to authorities.

She was a reporter and producer at WHYY-TV and then served as a communication manager for then-congressman Mike Castle before being hired by UD in 2010 as a senior news editor in the media relations department.

Chapman unsuccessfully ran as a Republican against Democratic State Senator Dave Sokola in 2016.

Chapman was the wife of outgoing Newark City Council member Luke Chapman.


A former candidate for state senate in DE and a current assistant vice president of Villanova University has been identified as one of two people found dead Monday night inside a Radnor Township home.

Jennair's husband said he was supposed to have dinner with Chapman near her house and when she failed to show up, he went to her house. She had recently started a new job as assistant vice president at Villanova University. When police arrived, Mark Gerardot was outside the home, WaPo reported. "I thought she was very reasonable to talk to".

"There were emails and text messages indicating what [Jennair] might do", Colarulo said, New York Post reported. He went to her house, where he found the women's bodies and called police.

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

"Villanova University was informed last night about the death of Meredith Chapman", university spokesman Jonathan Gust said in a statement.

Chapman, a 2007 graduate of the University of DE, worked for the school in media relations and marketing and ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat in DE in 2016. She believed earnestly in the power of communication to bring people together, whether to achieve their collective goals or simply to share their stories.

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