The deaths of Nateesha Chapman and her two daughters will be remembered today in a midday march in Charlotte’s uptown.
The Domestic Violence Council will hold the march at 12:15 p.m. at Trade and Tryon streets, in memory of the three most recent victims of domestic violence.
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Police say Nateesha Chapman and two daughters – Na’Jhae Parker, 13, and Nakyiah Chapman, 13 months – were killed in mid-March by Nateesha’s husband, Kenneth Chapman.
Police went to speak with Kenneth Chapman on Monday night at his apartment off Providence Road, after Nateesha’s uncle called and said he couldn’t reach her. When police arrive, they say, Chapman killed himself.
Inside the apartment, they found the bodies of the two girls. Two other children ran from the apartment, uninjured. One of those children, a 10-year-old girl, had been going to school and trying to act normal for two weeks, detectives say, while her sisters’ bodies were locked in a room at the apartment. Police say the 10-year-old was frightened that her father would kill her and her brother.
Nateesha Chapman’s body was found in another apartment, about a half-mile away, also off Providence Road. Police say she also was murdered in mid-March.
Police have not been able to determine what caused Kenneth Chapman to kill his wife and two of her children.
Meanwhile, students at McClintock Middle School on Rama Road posted signs at Na’Jhae’s locker Wednesday, telling of their friendship with the slain student. School officials say Na’Jhae, an eighth grader, was very popular with fellow students.
Principal Pam Espinosa told reporters that Kenneth and Nateesha Chapman were actively involved at the school, and she said that is why school counselors believed Kenneth’s story that Na’Jhae’s illness was keeping her out of school.
On Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman said the system followed policy in dealing with the girl’s absences.
Extra counselors have been assigned to talk with grieving and concerned students at both McClintock Middle and at Lansdowne Elementary, where the 10-year-old surviving girl attends.