I Cried Today

23 May

photoI saw someone’s blog today that titled their post “The Chapman Family Tragedy.”  Even if you are not a CCM fan, please read this.

News Reports: an article from the Seattle PI [AP News/below]; CNN News; People Magazine; and another article from the Tennessean. Photo above by Tucker Photography, Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 5-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.

The girl, Maria, was hit in a driveway on the family residence Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

McPherson said no charges are expected.

“It looks like a tragic accident,” she said.

She said several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident, which happened in Williamson County just south of Nashville.

The brother apparently did not see the little girl, McPherson said. She did not have the name or exact age of the brother, only that he is an older teenager.

The girl died later at Vanderbilt Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.

Chapman, originally from Paducah, Ky., and his wife have promoted international adoption and have three daughters from China, including Maria.

One of the most impactful Christian concerts I have ever been to was a Steven Curtis Chapman concert where he shared his experiences about his adoption. He showed a video he made with his little girl in it. I cried the whole way through and it was the first time I thought that I would like to adopt a child someday. This impacted me today so much. Please pray. I can’t even imagine.

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One Response to “I Cried Today”

  1. Danielle May 30, 2008 at 6:13 p05 #

    How sad. That must be heartbreaking. I’m sure that brother will be devistated for life.

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