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Daughter of Stephen Curtis Chapman Killed

Daughter of Stephen Curtis Chapman Killed

The five-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was killed last night by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the Chapman family’s Williamson County home in Tennessee.

Maria, Chapman‘s youngest of six children, was playing in the driveway when she was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser. Several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident.

A statement on Chapman‘s website says, “Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there.” Fans have been leaving their messages of condolences on Chapman‘s official MySpace page.

Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, co-wrote a song entitled “Maria” for his 1992 album, The Great Adventure. You can find the lyrics here.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Chapman family.

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Photos: The Tennessean/Tucker Photography
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  • Emmy

    Oh my god! That’s so horrible!

  • Jaded

    My condolences… that is a tragedy. :(

  • gavriela

    Thats so sad my heart goes out to them…

  • omg


  • lacey

    Im praying for him. I love his music. God bless him!

    Be blessed.

  • LINA

    aww she was so cute how can anyone do that

  • originaltruth

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. May the Lord comfort and console you. How very sad.

  • mia2

    I am so sorry for your tragic loss. May your precious baby girl rest in peace and God be with you and your family always.

  • vool

    How could she have been 5 if they wrote her a song, dedicated to her in 1992?

  • Indiana

    Vool. Jared made no reference to the song being dedicated to the child. They just happened to co-write a song together, Stephen and his wife which was called Maria.

    Thoughts go out to the Chapman family.

  • hmmm….

    thats awful… I feel so bad for the driver of the car. he is going to have a tough time trying to get over this.

  • hayley

    so sad

  • holy

    That is the saddest, most shocking thing.

  • Stefanie

    oh my god this is so sad!!! :( :(

  • legs


  • Me

    OMG this is horrible. My thoughts and prayers goes out to this family! This just breaks my heart.

  • Christy Williams


    Your songs have blessed and encouraged me since I was a young person. God has blessed you with such a talent of helping others through him. I am praying for your family and I know that God will take care of you all. Remember the song you wrote……..

    “His strength is perfect when our strength is gone…..He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on….raised in HIS power the weak become strong….HIS strength is perfect…..HIS strength is perfect.”

    God Bless you and your special family.
    Much Love and many prayers,
    Christy, Jay, Cameron, & Callie
    Raleigh, NC

  • mina

    that’s so sad …such a sweet girl …

  • Deb Love

    OMG this is so sad and tragic!

    May God lift you and your family up at a time like this.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • stellastar

    So sad.. condolence.

  • Kim

    omg… i’m sure that brother feels horribe.
    I dont know if i could go on with my life if i did something like that.
    poor brother, poor family.
    Ahh that’s just so very sad!

  • cassie

    that poor family

  • Jobi

    My prayers go out to this family! Such a sad, sad thing!

  • Emily

    I’ve never really known who he was. I have one song on itunes with him and I love it. Hearing this story breaks my heart, losing a child must be awful. My thoughts are with them. May Marie Rest in Peace. <3

  • Ha!

    Cutean22, this is not a thread where spam is appropriate.

    This is one one of the saddest things I’ve heard in a long time. Her poor family and her poor, poor brother. I’m sure they are relying on their faith at a time like this.

  • vidstr1

    That’s so sad…thoughts and prayers go out…

  • lulu

    that is so tragic

  • Leilani

    :( …so sad!

  • beatrice

    I have enjoyed your music for years. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. This is a tragic loss. She is save in Heaven, but her family on earth will miss her greatly. For the brother who accidently drove the vehicle, I’ll pray for you. You need to forgive yourself and go on with the life God has planned for you. Run to the Father God and accept the forgiveness and the love that He has for you.

  • Larry

    His strength is perfect my friend…

    When I first heard of the news of your family tragedy, your song “His strength is perfect” entered my head. I have prayed it over you and your family all morning.

    My heart felt apologies and grace and peace to your family.

  • amle

    This is awful. My condolences to the family. I hope they care for the brother.

  • nikomilinko
  • J

    My prayers are with them

    I’m so sorry

    I will say a pray for LIttle Maria and her family today

  • melissa

    my heart has achec for this family since I heard this morning….as a mother of two children, I simply could not imagine such a tragedy but I also believe the promise of my Saviour and Lord that he would never leave me nor forsake me….And he would not put ANYTHING on me I could not handle. With his grace and mercy I pray for strength for this family to endure such pain and loss. God has a plan and will be glorified through this.

  • berlynn

    this is a terrible tragedy. Something that this family will only get thru with faith. This teenager (son) will have the greatest guilt of all. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to this family, and will be in my prayers. There is another song her wrote for her, called CINDERELLA…look it up, it’s beautiful….

  • Savannah

    Dear Chapmans,

    While I know you’ll probably never read this, I wanted to send my condolences. I know how hard it is to lose someone, and I can barely imagine myself in this position. Just remember to be strong. God is with you.. and he still has a purpose.

    Love Always,

  • Kathy

    My mother was the driver of a vehicle in which their friends 3yr. old was killed. As tragic as it is her mother sang in our church the next Sunday, I climb that mountain. Harboured no hard feelings. God promised to comfort in our time of need. I believe there is always a purpose in our lives. How we get there is not in our hands sometimes. Their son can and will live with this terrible accident. I pray for their comfort and healing.

  • pretty_green_girl

    I cannot in words express my condolences for your loss!! You and your family are in my prayers!!

  • Some chick

    Oh my heart is just broken. There can be nothing like the pain of the loss of a child.

    But, I have to say, I feel most sorry for her poor, poor brother. How will he ever be able to live with this? It’s such a tragic accident that could happen to anyone. I would never want to carry this burden. I hope they get him some help.

  • You/Me

    So sad :-(
    Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Chapman family. May you find your strength in your faith.

  • Jess

    Oh. :(

    Little Maria may you be in your God’s safe hands now. He’ll love and protect you until you are reunited with your loving family. Sweet dreams, god bless baby girl. xxx

  • http://. marina

    She is a little angel now, my prayers for the family and to the young son, I hope he and them can overcome this situation.

  • jami

    OH what a devastating tradgedy! I am so saddened to hear this story. I don’t know the music of this family, but this story breaks my heart.
    My love & condolonces to this family at this very difficult time.

  • babysis

    OMG! i kinda know one of his sons!(but not well) My prayers are with them.

  • Helena

    I’ve never heard of him, but wow…just wow.

  • Andy

    RIP Maria

  • milla

    Ooh noo :””’(

  • Hugo

    That is so tragic My heart goes out to the Family


    May the Lord comfort your hearts and strengthen your family. You are a Great Servant and God is going to nourish you.

  • Susan

    My condolences to the Chapman family.