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Chaplin, Grandson of Late Tyler Editor, Killed in Double Homicide

By Staff | Mar 6, 2019

Matthew Chaplin, 51, of Charlotte, N.C. died Sunday, Feb. 24 after being shot when a man invaded Chaplin’s home.

Chaplin was the grandson of the late Adam R. Kelly and the late Shannon Kelly, both longtime residents of Sistersville. Adam Kelly was the former owner and editor of the Tyler Star News and legendary “Country Editor” columnist.

Published reports indicate Chaplin was one victim of a double homicide, after which the perpetrator shot himself. Prior to the shooting, police had been seeking John James Bocek, who had been attempting to establish a relationship with Chaplin’s daughter, Kathleen, who had refused. According to police, Bocek went to the Chaplin home on Feb. 24, where he shot Matthew Chaplin and a friend of Kathleen’s, Jenna Hewitt, 15, who also died. Bocek then turned the gun on himself, dying later in a hospital.

Chaplin was born September 6, 1967, to John and Katie Chaplin, who survive him.

Chaplin’s funeral arrangements are in care of Ellington Funeral Services. It is noted that memorial contributions can be made to the Matthew Chaplin Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo, for his daughters Zoe Alexandra and Kathleen Suzanne.

Also surviving Matthew are his children, Zoe Alexandra and Kathleen Suzanne, his sister Kelly Solomon and her husband, Francis.

His obituary notes he leaves “behind a large and loving family, including aunts, uncles and many cousins. He also will be dearly missed by a host of life long friends.”

Matthew was predeceased by his grandparents, Adam and Shannon Kelly formerly of Sistersville, and Mary and Paul Posey, formerly of Wheeling. He was a graduate of Michigan State University, “and an ardent supporter of both the Spartans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Funeral services were Saturday, March 2 at Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road, 28104.