Wednesday, May 21, 2008

TRAGIC NEWS IN STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN'S FAMILY
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I can't even imagine the pain this family is going through. Please pray for them.
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Here's the article from THE TENNESSEAN:
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One of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman's six children was killed this afternoon when she was struck by a car said to be driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family's Williamson County home.
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The child, Maria, age 5, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
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She was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver's name.
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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 the 5-year-old in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said."It appears to be a terrible accident,'' McPherson said.
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No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said.
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Veteran singer/songwriter Chapman and his wife Mary Beth have long been supporters of international adoption, having brought three girls from China into their family. Maria is one of their adopted daughters.
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The couple is so active they formed an organization, Shaohannah's Hope, to aid families wanting to adopt.
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The tragedy was announced during services at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, which the family attends. The young girl had just graduated from the church preschool.
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Most of the family was at Vanderbilt children's hospital after the accident and could not be contacted.
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The long gravel driveway leading to the home west of Franklin was blocked off by Williamson County sheriff's deputies.
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"The critical response team of the THP is reconstructing the accident," McPherson said. "The district attorney's office was consulted."
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Chapman was in the news in April when he was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame.
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2 comments:

Drewe Llyn said...

I saw this story on CNN this morning. It breaks my heart. I'm very sad this morning.

Coffee Bean said...

That is just heartbreaking! It definitely puts things in perspective... Praying.