Just read this tonight. Incredibly tragic.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee authorities say the 5-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman has been struck and killed by a sport-utility vehicle driven by her teenage brother. Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Laura McPherson says the girl, Maria, was hit in a driveway at the family residence this afternoon south of Nashville. McPherson says the Toyota Land Cruiser was driven by the girl’s brother. McPherson says several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident. Chapman is originally from Paducah, Ky. McPherson says the brother apparently did not see the little girl. McPherson did not have the name or exact age of the brother. Vanderbilt Medical Center spokeswoman Laurie Holloway says the girl died later at the hospital.
Source: Delaware Online
I can’t even imagine what they are going through right now. Pray for God’s comfort for the family, and pray in particular for her brother.
Update: Fox News has a story on it now with more details.
Also in Iowa, we had a similar tragedy… a toddler was killed in her driveway by a meter reader who drove up and didn’t see her. Please pray for the Kochan family of Swisher, IA, as well.
2nd Update 5/23/08: There is a blog that been set up where you can directly share your condolences to the Chapman family.
You can also send condolences by mail to:
Steven Curtis Chapman
PO Box 150156
Nashville, TN 37215
Also, donations to Shaohannah’s Hope, a ministry started by the Chapmans to mobilize Christians to care for the world’s orphans is encouraged. Maria was adopted from China by the Chapmans and they have established a memorial fund where people can donate in lieu of sending flowers.
Source: Steven Curtis Chapman’s website
If you haven’t met Maria, here’s a video you can watch.