MLK Day parade participant killed

Woman died in hit and run

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — A woman who told relatives she was "excited" to march in the recent King Day parade in Clayton County was apparently killed in a hit and run accident Saturday.

Bria Taylor Chapman, 19, died after being hit about 3 p.m. at Garden Walk and Ga. 85. Her funeral is Saturday and relatives need help with final expenses, said C. Synamon Baldwin, president of the Clayton County Chapter of NAACP.

Baldwin said Thursday that Chapman was excited to march in the annual parade with the civil rights group.

"Some of you may remember Bria," said Baldwin. "Bria marched with the NAACP in the MLK parade last week. She was overheard calling her mom telling her how excited and proud she was to be in the MLK parade with the NAACP."

Baldwin said the family has set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank to accept contributions to help with Chapman's final expenses. Donations can be sent to the bank into account number 1691448417, she said.

"We ask you to please make contributions as they are needed for burial," said Baldwin.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Willie Watkins Funeral Home at 1003 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, Ga. 30310. The funeral home can be reached at 404-758-1731. Services have been set for Saturday at 1 p.m. A viewing is set for Friday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. inside Willie Watkins Historical Chapel at the same address.

Baldwin asked for prayers for the Chapman family.

"We pray God's peace and mercy for this family," she said.