Tragedy in Music City, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 Year Old Daughter of Music Star Steven Curtis Chapman Struck & Killed by Car


What a terrible, terrible, tragic accident. Maria Chapman, the 5 year old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed by a car just south of Nashville, TN. If the tragic accident is not bad enough, Maria, was struck by the car in her driveway. A car driven by her teenage brother. The 5 year old was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she later died. God rest her soul. Rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers are with the Chapman family.


Maria, 5, was the youngest daughter of Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. A message from Steven Curtis Chapman’s web site.

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.

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. (FOX News)

What makes this story even more painful and tragic is that Maria was adopted from China by the Chapman’s. Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, have done missionary work in Chinese orphanages. They have adopted three children from China and and create Shaohannah’s Hope, a foundation and ministry to financially assist thousands of couples in adoption.

Recognizing that adoption is a perfect picture of what God has done for each of us in making us His children through Christ, Shaohannah’s Hope has been established to care for orphans by engaging the church and helping Christian families reduce the financial barriers to adoption.

Cinderalla” inspired by his two youngest adpoted daughters.

Psalm 68:5-6 tells us that as the Father to the fatherless, God delights in setting the lonely in families. It has been our experience that the scriptural mandate of caring for orphans, such as the one found in James 1:27, is really a wonderful invitation to experience God in a profound way by being a part of His sovereign plan for His precious children.

Singer Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter is struck, killed by car

Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol

Why do bad things happen to good people? However, God does have an ultimate plan for all of us.

The couple is so active in the cause that they formed an organization, Shaohannah’s Hope, to aid families wanting to adopt.

With his latest music tour, which came through Nashville in November, Chapman started a campaign called “Change for Orphans.” He asked audience members at each stop to bring spare change to the concert, where it was counted and given to a local family to aid in their adoption process.

“I don’t know of 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,” said John Styll, president of the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association.

“He talks about his kids all the time. That’s his life. His kids are more important to him than music, that’s for sure.” (The Tennessean)

VIDEO – touching and emotional video of the Chapman family. Comments from the Chapman’s pastor. Watch HERE

When Love Takes You In

Let this be a reminder that “Love” knows no race, creed or color. The greatest gift you can give is Love.
“Miracles start with the beat of a heart, when Love takes you home”

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  • Comments

    15 Responses to “Tragedy in Music City, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 Year Old Daughter of Music Star Steven Curtis Chapman Struck & Killed by Car”

    1. Miss Katie on May 22nd, 2008 8:40 am

      what a sad tragedy
      god give the family comfort in their time of loss… I dont know what the circumstances were I do know that this will affect the teenager for his entire life…how terribly sad
      r.i.p Maria

    2. Gunslinger on May 22nd, 2008 10:12 am

      How sad and unfortunate.

    3. God Bless Maria on May 22nd, 2008 12:10 pm

      Wishing the family in this difficult time all the prayers we can.

      God Bless and may the peace of the Lord be with you all.

    4. Joy on May 22nd, 2008 12:34 pm

      My prayers go out to the Chapman family. May the Lord be your strength through this difficult time…

    5. Open a Window on May 22nd, 2008 2:59 pm

      Prayers especially for the older brother who will have to live with this for the rest of his life.

    6. susan on May 22nd, 2008 5:51 pm

      May God comfort and mend the hearts of all of the family as they go through this time together and always!

    7. kitty on May 22nd, 2008 8:20 pm

      We are immensely saddened for the Chapman family… we’re praying for them and may their faith get them through this difficult time… and the love from others carry them… it’s so, so, sad…we’re truly sorry for their loss…

    8. molly in houston on May 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm

      What a wonderful family the Chapmans are. So sorry for the Chapman’s overwhelming grief. May God bless you and comfort you, and fill you with His presence.

      molly and family

    9. Frankenstein on May 26th, 2008 5:28 pm

      There are lessons for all of us in the Steven Curtis Chapman double tragedy where the youngest son accidentally kills the youngest daughter. How do you deal with such grief? With faith, hope, love, laughter. Laughter, yes. When they buried Maria Sue, the Chapmans laughed and cried. That explains my essay, which if you wish, you can read here: ‘Good Grief! Steven Curtis Chapman, please don’t be Sue-sad’ (

    10. Michelle M on May 26th, 2008 9:24 pm

      My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Steven and Marybeth. How terribly trying to mourn the death of your youngest child and at the same time unconditionally love and console the child of your own whom accidentally caused her death. God always has a plan and we may never understand that plan until we see him face to face and ask him the reason. We have to be strong, have faith and always remember, ” The will of God will not take you where the grace of God cannot carry you.” I am praying for the Chapman family and know that God will comfort them in their time of despair.

    11. Elizabeth Paradise on May 27th, 2008 10:33 pm

      To Maria’s Brother;
      I pray that God will get you through this awful time. My heart hurts for you even at this moment. I pray that you will take comfort in God’s love and that you will not lose sight of his wonderful and never ending love. His forgiveness is there and your parents will love you for eternity. Nothing you can say or do will break the bond of your family. Each and every one of you is hurting now, but I feel for you—please don’t turn your backs on your family or God’s family. Be in constant prayer, never ceasing and he will comfort your pain.

      Steven and Mary Beth, I have never met you but I feel like I have known your family my whole life. I will keep your family in my prayers—cling to the love and promise’s of God.

      Your Sister in Christ,

    12. Frankenstein on May 28th, 2008 3:37 pm

      You may wish to read my new essay on the Steven Curtis Chapman tragedy, ‘From Grief to Grace’ –

    13. megan on June 5th, 2008 7:59 pm

      My heart goes out to the whole Chapman family. With much love have I thought of your family in the past as I love what they do to promoote adoption. It has always been my dream to adopt from China so the Chapman family is close to my heart. They were always respected and treasured the way they love theirs and all the children. My heart aches now for them and especially Maria dear brother but want to leave you with the greatest comfort of all from the scriptures– His Kingdom is coming on earth as it is in heaven and that “Jesus gave His life for ALL” that we may live. Please read “And God Cried” for free at

    14. Jean Lackey on September 3rd, 2010 7:00 pm

      My thoughts and prayers are with the Chapman family.I recently purchased the book by Mary Beth Choosing to See. I am a fan of Steven’s music and thought the book would be a good read.I was not dissappointed. I started reading it and could not put it down.It was a blessing beyond words to me.I finnished the book on the second day.The book let me know that the Chapman family are far more than talented celebs. They are real people with areal faith.The book was an open door to the Chapman household and how they deal with everyday situations. I wish God’s continued blessings on your family.May He grant you peace and comfort as you await the time you will be reunited with your precious daughter.I live in Pflugerville TX just north of Austin. Jean Lackey

    15. Jayla Phillips on October 13th, 2013 6:32 pm

      I feel really bad for you guys and for your loss. Even though it happened a while ago I WILL BE PRAYing for you(:

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