On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the Charleston Shooting that took place in South Carolina at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, when a young boy named Dylann Roof brought a gun into a church and killed 9 innocent African-Americans during bible study, comes a shining light at the end of the tunnel.
One young boy by the name of Chris Singleton, on the same night his mother, Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was gunned down in a racially motivated shooting at a Charleston church, received the news that he has been drafted to play baseball for the ‘Chicago Cubs.’
Singleton was drafted in the 19th round pick by the World Series Champion team.
Moreover, the Charleston Southern University junior and center fielder started in all 51 of his games this past season, stealing an impressive 18 bases and getting 10 assists, the University expressed.
This past Saturday marked two years since the self-declared white supremacist, Dylann Roof, shot and killed Singleton’s mother, Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and eight others at a bible study session.
Coleman-Singleton was serving as a minister on staff at the Emanuel AME Church, when Roof reportedly sat with the weekly bible study group for an hour before he opened fire.
After her death, Singleton said his mother, who was 45, was “a God-fearing woman who loved everybody with all her heart.”
Singleton shared the exciting news on social media, with a message that read, “You already know who this is for… #CantLetMomsDown.”
In addition, Singleton will have the opportunity to sign to the Cubs and be assigned to a minor league team, where he can also return to Charleston Southern for his final season, if he decided to go that route.
The Cub’s Senior Vice President of scouting and player development, Jason McLeod, mentioned that Singleton was drafted because of his talent. He expressed,
“We certainly understand and have deep sympathy for his backstory, but what I want to make sure doesn’t get lost is that this guy’s a really good baseball player.”
McLeod also described Singleton as a mature young man, and said the team is looking forward to bringing him on.
The same jury that convicted Roof of those charges decided to sentence him to death for the crime.
We can’t wait to watch Chris play national baseball!