CSU service honors Sharonda Singleton

Attendees pray for Emanuel AME shooting victims, including Goose Creek High School coach Sharonda Singleton, at Charleston Southern on Monday. (CSU photo)

About 350 people packed the Whitfield Center at Charleston Southern on Monday to honor the life of Sharonda Singleton and to pray for her son, CSU baseball player Chris Singleton.

Sharonda Singleton, the girls’ track coach and speech pathologist at Goose Creek High School, was one of nine victims in the shooting last week at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The mother of three, she also was a minister at the historic church.

At the prayer service, CSU baseball coach Stuart Lake talked about “how special a person Chris’ mom was.”

“She was the parent you want to have in coaching,” Lake said. “Ms. Singleton represented everything I hope that me and my wife can be as a parent to our son. She was there, and Chris knew she was there. But she allowed him to grow, and as a freshman he went through some tough times on the baseball field.

“But he knew she was there for him, and praying for him.”

Chris Singleton, a rising sophomore at CSU, inspired many across the country with his remarks about his mother last Thursday night, just 24 hours after she was killed during a Bible study at Emanuel AME.

“What he showed the other night, that’s what she instilled in him,” Lake said. “And it’s in him and his younger brother and sister.”

The crowd also prayed for all nine victims and for Tim Grant, a security officer at CSU who is a relative of two of the Emanuel AME victims.

“Let’s stand on Chris’ words,” said campus pastor Jon Davis. “Love is stronger than hate. We are Charleston strong and Jesus strong.”