By Victor Luckerson
June 19, 2015

The teenage son of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of the nine people killed in a shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. Wednesday night, spoke Thursday about the loss of his mother.

This man lost his mother last night in #CharlestonShooting. Unbelievable poise and strength shown by Chris Singleton.

— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) June 19, 2015

Chris Singleton, a student at Charleston Southern University and an outfielder for the school’s baseball team, spoke to reporters from the team’s baseball diamond Thursday night. He called his mother a “God-fearing woman” who loved everyone. Coleman-Singleton was a minister at Emanuel AME Church, the church that was attacked, as well as a speech pathologist and a track coach at a local high school.

“Love is always stronger than hate,” Chris Singleton said. “If we just love the way my Mom would, the hate won’t be anywhere close to what love is.”

Singleton also told NBC affiliate WCBD that he would forgive Dylann Roof, the killer of the nine churchgoers.


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