Maria Sue Chapman, the five-year-old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck and killed in the driveway at the family home in Franklin, Tennessee, by one of Chapman's two teenage sons around 5:00 PM Wednesday evening, May 21, 2008. Maria was rushed by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, but she was pronounced dead of her injuries there.
The Chapmans had three daughters adopted from China. The teenage boy driving did not see her in the driveway and hit her accidentally. No charges are expected to be filed.
The Chapman family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry.
Shaohannah’s Hope, P.O. Box 150156 Nashville, TN 37215
Condolences can be sent to: P.O. Box 1510156 Nashville, TN 37215. Also, comments of condolence can be posted at In Memory of Maria
The following statement was released from Chapman’s manager, Jim Houser:
“Maria Sue Chapman, adopted and youngest daughter to Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed in a tragic accident in the family driveway on Wednesday evening. She was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital but for only reasons God can explain she went home to Him ... not to Franklin as we all so desperately wanted.
Your prayers are needed for all in the Chapman family. This is a family who has so generously loved and given to so many. Just hours before this close knit family was celebrating the engagement of the oldest daughter Emily Chapman, and were just hours away from a graduation party marking Caleb Chapman's completion of high school. Now, they are preparing to bury a child who blew out 5 candles on a birthday cake less than 10 days ago. These words are unthinkable to type. And yet we trust in a God who was not surprised by this and because of Jesus I am certain through faith in Him we will see Maria again.”
More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles.
Please join us in praying for the Chapman family, especially the boy who was driving the car. Our hearts go out to the entire family, but we know that little Maria Sue Chapman now dances Cinderella with Jesus.
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