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Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed

Here’s a story that is about as tragic as it gets. Please pray for the Chapman family. It happened late yesterday. What do you say when something this senseless and sad happens to someone you care about? See the full article from The Tennessean here. Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed B…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Here’s a story that is about as tragic as it gets. Please pray for the Chapman family. It happened late yesterday. What do you say when something this senseless and sad happens to someone you care about?

See the full article from The Tennessean here.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed

By KATE HOWARD and LINDA ZETTLER • Staff Writers • May 21, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name.

The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home at about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.

“It appears to be a terrible accident,” McPherson said.

No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said.

Singer/songwriter Chapman, who recently was inducted into Music City Walk of Fame, is one of contemporary Christian music’s most recognizable and most awarded names.

He and his wife Mary Beth have long been supporters of international adoption, having brought three girls from China into their family. Maria was the youngest.

The couple is so active in the cause that they formed an organization, Shaohannah’s Hope, to aid families wanting to adopt.

Comments (10)

  • My heart breaks for all of them… I’m praying and will keep on praying for them… especially for Maria’s brother…

  • I can’t say enough good things about Steven Curtis Chapman after meeting him at GMA week – his love for his children, his family, missions, and “the least of these” was so evident and moving. I can’t bear to think of the pain his family is enduring right now. May we “mourn with those who mourn” and lift them up in prayer for comfort and peace – and pray that God’s name would be made great even in the midst of such tragedy.

    I’m reminded of the song by Natalie Grant- “Held” – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOufqWodFNo).

    May God hold each of the Chapmans close in His arms tonight.

  • Oh that is just so sad! I am praying for the whole family, especially the one who was driving.

  • So many children perished in the Sichuan earthquake. Now, close to home, an adopted Chinese daughter has been taken from a loved and respected Christian family among us. I too grieve for these losses, and pray the Lord will comfort all those who mourn. I anticipate our Father will turn these tragedies into triumphs.

  • There are lessons for all of us in the Steven Curtis Chapman double tragedy where the youngest son accidentally kills the youngest daughter. How do you deal with such grief? If nothing else, with love. I have written an essay on this; if you wish, you can read here: ‘Good Grief! Steven Curtis Chapman, please don’t be Sue-sad’ (http://frankahilario.blogspot.com/).

  • Jennifer Griffith

    My heart breaks. I pray that through this incredible pain, God’s strength enters in. I know that this time of healing and grieving is covered by God.

  • We are in prayer for the whole family,God is the great comforter and will be their ever present source.

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