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Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed

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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 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

s curtis chapman mariaSteven 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.

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