Steven Curtis Chapman’s Daughter Dies in Accident

Published: 2008-05-22
The 5-year-old daughter, Maria, of award-winning singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman died Wednesday evening after being struck by her teenage brother in their country driveway with the family SUV. Laura McPherson, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said to the press, "He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her…it appears to be a terrible accident."

Maria was the youngest of three girls the Chapman's adopted from China. The Chapman's have been active supporters of adoption and have organized Shaohannah's Hope to aid families wanting to adopt. Also, with Chapman's latest music tour, he started a campaign called "Change for Orphans" where audience members collected spare change at his concerts that was given to a local family to aid in their adoption process. John Styll, president of the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association said in a statement of Chapman, "I don't know 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."

*Editor's Note: Our prayers are with the entire Chapman family as they grieve the loss of Maria and may their teenage son find peace again after such a terrible accident.

Those wishing to express condolences to the family can do so via A small glimpse into the life of Maria can be seen here:

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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Just to let the Chapman family know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find peace through our Lord and Saviour in such a difficult time in their lives. God bless the Chapman family.
We love you,
Burlington, NC
Posted by: Anonymous on May 22, 2008
My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 22, 2008
God is our refuge and an ever present help.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 22, 2008
God is with you exact in the middle of this moments! His love and His peace is in your mind and heart, through Jesus Christ!
Posted by: Anonymous on May 22, 2008
I feel terrible about what happend to his daughter so please keep there family in you prayers and thoughts.God bless his family through this tragaty.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 22, 2008
I cannot imagine the heartache you and your family must be feeling. One can only cling to the promises God gives us that He ONLY and EVER allows events into our lives to prosper and not to harm us. Jeremiah 29:11 will always be true. He is good......ALL the time. ><>
Posted by: Anonymous on May 23, 2008
What can you say to something like this tragedy? I just saw Steven Curtis Chapman and his family at the Nokia Theathre in Times Square, NYC - what a wonderful person and family this man has!
I send prayers to each member of the family! My heart goes out to all of them. I am so speechless....
Posted by: Anonymous on May 23, 2008
I can't not imagine what this family must be feeling as soon as I read it I wanted to cry. Accidents happen but never like this. I can't help but think of the guilt the brother is feeling. All my thoughts and prayers will be with the Chapman Family. May God Be With You.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 23, 2008
Our hearts are breaking along with yours. We know the promise, "even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He will bring comfort, but the pain is real and deep. God is near. We love and appreciate you and your family so very much.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 23, 2008
We wish you the peace that only our Lord and Savior can give in this trying time. No one can ever be prepared for such an event, but the Lord will help you get through. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 23, 2008
It's sad to know that when they come back to Manila (as they promised), the sunny-smiled little girl will not be with them anymore. I pray that God will comfort your broken hearts and may this tragedy strengthen your faith on God evenmore. And may your Teenage son, find peace in his heart, it's an accident. My heartfelt condolences to the Chapman family and to all whose hearts were touched by them.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 25, 2008
I was on my way to my grandchildren's house when I heard about the accident on the radio. I cried the remainder of my drive. I was shocked! My prayers and condolences go out to your family and especially your young son. God Bless him. I pray you will feel God's arms around you and his peace will comfort and sustain you. You are precious in his sight.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 29, 2008
Im so sorry for ur loss...
Posted by: Anonymous on June 21, 2008
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