Friends, family an fans are mourning the loss of Houston artist “JaeRene,” who was tragically killed in a wrong way crash involving an alleged drunk driver, according to the Harris County Pct. 5 Constables Office.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the tragic passing of our vibrant Jaelyn “JaeRene” Chapman. 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,” her family released in a statement.
The 19-year-old singer was traveling with others on the Westpark Tollway near Dunvale just after 2 a.m. Wednesday when the accident occurred.
CJaeRene did not survive, and three others in the vehicle remain in critical condition.
The wrong-way driver was injured, but is expected to survive. He will be charged with intoxication manslaughter, authorities said.
Born and raised in the city that birthed a unique sound, diverse culture, and many national talents, JaeRene was the epitome of Houston. The self-proclaimed Houston R&B Princess made her mark on the music scene in a major way. She was no stranger to the stage as she won a plethora of local and national beauty pageants since the age of 4. Her personality, talent, and tenacity led her to perform at festivals, sporting events, concerts and social events.
Her diverse sound was featured on one of Houston’s most requested songs, “H-Town For Real (Remix),” which featured artists including Kiotti, Paul Wall, Lil Flip, Trilly Polk, ZRo, and others. In addition to singing, JaeRene also wrote her own music, which was often inspired by life situations.
She was formerly a host of Kidz Jams on 95.3 Jamz where she encouraged teens to live out their dreams. She loved the community, and often hosted “Baddie Bootcamps” where she promoted positive self-esteem, body images, and confidence to young girls of the ages of 5-18.
RIP Princess. You will be truly missed.
The family has a GoFund me page to help assist with her final arrangements.
Our deepest condolences to the family.