The son of a woman who was killed in the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting has accomplished his lifelong dream almost two years after dealing with such a tragic loss at the hands of a lone white supremacist gunman.
The Grio reported on Monday (June 19th) that Chris Singleton (pictured left), the son of the late Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (pictured right) has been drafted by the Chicago Cubs MLB franchise. Singleton has been playing baseball for most of his life. His mother worked as a high school athletics coach and had a great deal of influence on him.
Singleton graduated from South Carolina’s Goose Creek High School and got accepted into Charleston Southern University on a baseball scholarship. He had three standout years as a center fielder while being a member of Charleston Southern University men’s college baseball team.
In his final year as a junior, he started in all 51 scheduled games for his ball club. He was among one of the nation’s top leaders in assists and stole 18 bases in his most previous season. After having such an amazing season, Singleton was a ripe candidate for a major league debut as a pro.
He was the 585th pick in the 19th round of this year’s MLB Draft. “Now that finals are over…..It’s time to secure the bag! Let’s get it. #CantLetMomsDown,” Singleton posted last month on Instagram prior to entering the 2017 MLB Draft. Front office members of the Chicago Cubs organization are eager to have Singleton as a new member of their team.
“We had him evaluated as a top-10-round caliber talent,” said Jason McLeod, senior Cubs vice president of scouting and player development.
On June 17, 2015, Coleman-Singleton was attending bible study services at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. On that evening, Dylann Roof, 23, entered the church with a gun and murdered Coleman-Singleton along with eight other people. One other person was also injured by the gunfire.
In December of 2016, Roof was convicted on all 33 of the federal hate crime charges that were filed against him after committing the shooting. He was sentenced to the death penalty.