Loved ones honor Houston R&B singer killed in wrong-way crash: 'Life will never be the same'

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for a Houston R&B singer who was killed last week in a wrong-way crash on the Westpark Tollway. It was an emotional event for those who knew and loved her.

Jaelyn "JaeRene" Chapman, 19, died in the crash that happened in the inbound lanes near Dunvale. The singer was just getting her career started. Three other friends were with her at the time of the crash and survived.

"She's probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me," said Chapman's best friend, Carla Franco.

Authorities said the driver who caused the crash, who was identified as 32-year-old Bobby James Brown, was highly intoxicated. He's due in court on Wednesday, April 14. Meanwhile, Chapman's parents say they're suffering unimaginable grief and are trying to cope the best way they can.

"Life will never be the same," said Chapman's mom, Lindsay Locke. "You can't take anyone or anything for granted cause you just never know."

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According to a release, Chapman was a Houston native, a self-proclaimed R&B princess, who had competed in local and national beauty pageants since the age of 4.

She was featured on the song "H-Town for Real (Remix)," which also starred artists including Paul Wall, Lil Flip and ZRo. In a YouTube video from April 2020, Chapman talked about some of her favorite music and genres, including being a George Strait fan and what it would be like to duet with him.

Along with singing, Chapman was known as a songwriter and host of Kidz Jams on 953 Jamz.

She also often hosted "Baddie Bootcamps," aimed at promoting self-esteem and body positivity among girls between the ages of 5 and 18.


"We will always remember Jae's smile, love for her music, talents, community involvement, bubbly personality, and huge heart. During this time, we ask that you keep her family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. She will truly be missed by all of us. In the coming days, we will release additional information on how you can pay your respects to our beloved JaeRene," a release said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her family with the expenses for her funeral arrangements. If you'd like to donate, follow this link.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at Sagemont Church on the South Beltway. Those interested in attending will be required to wear a mask.

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