Morgan Wallen Hosts Idaho Murder Victim’s Family Before Show
When Morgan Wallen recently played two sold-out shows at San Diego’s Petco Park, he also helped one family heal. Morgan invited the family of slain Idaho student Ethan Chapin to meet him before the shows and also donated money to Ethan’s Smile Foundation. In November 2022, Chapin, along with three other University of Idaho college students, were found murdered in a home not far from the university’s campus. A suspect was ultimately arrested and charged in the incident.
Stacy Chapin, 20-year-old Washington native Ethan’s mother, shared on Instagram how Wallen’s song “Thought You Should Know” was a special song for her and her son.
She wrote a lengthy post on Instagram that included several images of herself and her family, including Ethan’s triplet brother and sister, Hunter and Maizie, backstage with Morgan before the show. Chapin wrote, “On Mother’s Day 2022, Ethan sent me the best text about how @morganwallen had written a song for his mom @lesliwallen and how that could be our song. It was a very touching moment between us. I listen to ‘I Thought You Should Know’ all the time. I’ve told this story a lot, and to our surprise, a very kind person made an introduction.”
She continued, “Last night, we met Morgan Wallen! He kindly gifted our family and friends tickets to his show in San Diego. Morgan’s mom, Lesli, even flew in! It was an incredibly bittersweet full-circle moment. Truthfully, the show would have been enough. We were all over the moon, and then Morgan handed us a donation check to the @ethanssmilefoundation. It was one of the kindest gestures in my life. I still cannot believe it happened, and it isn’t easy to recognize it all came at a massive cost to our family.”
Chapin closed with, “Morgan, thank you for everything (prayer hands emoji) @morganwallenfoundation.”