Hug your children today

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.

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The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the family’s home Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The brother, whose name and exact age weren’t available, apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are expected.

“It looks like a tragic accident,” she said.

Several family members witnessed the accident, which happened in Williamson County just south of Nashville. The girl died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.

In a statement, Velvet Kelm, a publicist for Chapman, said Maria was the Chapmans’ youngest daughter. (source: CNN.com)

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We are huge fans of Steven Curtis Chapman. His music has a profound influence on our family. My neighbor’s daughter used his song “Cinderella” as her father/daughter dance at her wedding last week. We join millions I’m sure in praying for the Chapman family. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now. Dear God, pour out your mercy.

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