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Son of Charleston Church Shooting Victim Drafted by Chicago Cubs

Chris Singleton’s dream of playing major league baseball became a reality almost two years to the day after his mother was gunned down in a racially motivated shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. First Mothers Day without this lady. “He’s a very mature young man. You already know who this is for….. His faith and religion are priorities in his life. #CantLetMomsDown #RIPDad ๐Ÿ˜คโšพ๏ธ
A post shared by Chris Singleton (@csingleton_2) on Jun 14, 2017 at 6:56pm PDT

Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ senior vice president of scouting and player development, said Singleton’s talent is what got him to the major leagues. He pleaded guilty to state charges in April, clearing the way for his federal imprisonment on death row to begin. Chris Singleton is seen in a photo posted to his Instagram page in 2014. Saturday marks two years since Dylann Roof, a self-declared white supremacist, killed Singleton’s mother, the Rev. Don't ever take the little things for granted! “We had him evaluated really as a top-10-round-caliber talent,” he said. (Credit: @csingleton_2 / Instagram via CNN)
The Chicago Cubs nabbed Singleton in the 19th round of the draft Wednesday. Sharonda Coleman Singleton, and eight other people inside Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “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 said. God was listening. At the time, Chris Singleton described his mother as “a God-fearing woman (who) loved everybody with all her heart.” If everyone loved the way she did, he said, hate wouldn’t have a chance. Singleton celebrated the draft on social media with #CantLetMomsDown. #CantLetMomsDown ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’•
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In January, Roof was sentenced to death after being convicted of federal murder and hate crimes in the Charleston massacre. I got down on my knees this morning…. Coleman-Singleton was a speech therapist and high school track coach. The Charleston Southern University junior center fielder started all 51 games this year, the school says.