Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed by car

My heart is burning for the  Chapman family tonight.  I could not even imagine  how I would be in this situation. My prayers go out to the family.  Chapman has touched so many. Please from for them to night.

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.

With his latest music tour, which came through Nashville in November, Chapman started a campaign called “Change for Orphans”. He asked audience members at each stop to bring spare change to the concert, where it was counted and given to a local family to aid in their adoption process.

“I don’t know of anybody who loves his children more than he does and is so committed to the adoption concept, and to lose one, no matter what the circumstances, is heartbreaking beyond all comprehension,” said John Styll, president of the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association.

“He talks about his kids all the time. That’s his life. His kids are more important to him than music, that’s for sure.”

The tragedy was announced during Wednesday-night services at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, which the family attends. Maria had just graduated from the church preschool.

And word spread throughout the tight-knit Christian music community on Wednesday evening.

Styll got the news not long after Maria’s death.

“I’m confident I can speak for everyone in the community to say we will do everything we can to support this family, as we would do at any time, but especially at a time like this,” he said.

Most of the Chapman family was at Vanderbilt children’s hospital after the accident and could not be contacted. The long, gravel driveway leading to the home west of Franklin was blocked off by Williamson County sheriff’s deputies. HT


7 responses to “Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter killed by car”

  1. croixian1 Avatar

    Who is Steven Chapman?

  2. klampert Avatar

    He is a Christian recording artist

  3. lori Avatar

    What a sad tragedy. Their loss must be overwhelming.

    I pray the peace of God be with them in this time.

  4. l.minsky Avatar

    An Anglican minister friend and I were visiting one of the great English mediums several years back. The friend’s mother, speaking from the other side and through the medium, mentioned that she took care of little children who had passed over.

    The fact that God is love is never boring to
    those in “Heaven.”

  5. Bob. B. Avatar
    Bob. B.

    Two additional links to share with your readers. God will use this for His glory and bring many to Him. This is my prayer.

  6. T.J. Avatar

    My heart goes out to the lovely Chapman Family for the loss of their beautiful daughter. Such a beautiful child Maria was. This must be a horrible experience for Will Franklin and I sincerely hope he will not punish himself mercilessly for this accident.

    HOWEVER, in the interview with ABC, not ONCE did they mention faith in Jesus Christ or the Lord. So, my question is – exactly WHAT ‘faith’ is it they speak of, in WHO or in WHAT? Bush said he’s a Christian – he is NOT. He speaks of his ‘faith’. Faith in WHO? The neo-Christians of today are deceiving spirits using the ‘christian’ tag to deceive others into accepting their demon possessed New World Order plot.

    “FAITH, FAITH, FAITH” Where’s the beef?

    You can consider me cruel, evil, WHATEVER! But these are questions we need to ask and we are entitled to know the ANSWERS? That is if we are TRUE Bible-Believers.

    Where’s the Biblical Jesus Christ in this?

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