College baseball player speaks after losing mother in Charleston shooting
In the hardest of times, Chris Singleton is showing the most impressive kind of composure.
The college baseball player lost his mother on Wednesday in the tragic shooting at a church in South Carolina that left nine dead. On Thursday, he had the poise to deliver the powerful message you see in the video above.
"We are mourning right now, but I know we'll get through it," Singleton said after a vigil at Collins Park in North Charleston. "My mom was a God-fearing woman. She loved everybody with all her heart."
Singleton's mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was shot and killed in what police are calling a hate crime. The 45-year-old was an assistant pastor at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where 21-year-old Dylann Roof has been accused of opening fire on the congregation. Coleman-Singleton was also a track and field coach at Goose Creek High School in Charleston.
"Love is always stronger than hate," Singleton said. "So if we just love the way my mom would, the hate won't be anywhere close to what love is."
CSU baseball coach Stuart Lake says Coleman-Singleton had a great relationship with the program.
“Chris’s mother was just that parent that as a coach you are proud to have as part of your program,” Lake said in a statement Thursday. “What she brought to our team is immeasurable.”
Singleton said Thursday that he forgives the shooter.
“We forgive, that’s one thing we are going to do,” he told NBC station WCBD. “She’s the best mom I could even ever ask for. Honestly, it’s going to be tough, but I know we will get through it as a family.”
What a truly unfathomable tragedy. Our thoughts are with Chris and all of those who were affected.
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