Newton visits victims’ families

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton visits with the family of Emanuel AME victim Shardona Singleton. Her son, Charleston Southern baseball player Chris Singleton, is at left. (Rashard Alston photo)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton journeyed to the Lowcountry to spend time Monday with families of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting.

According to photos published on social media, Newton visited with the family of Sharonda Singleton, a Goose Creek High School coach who was one of nine victims in the shooting. Singleton also was a minister at Emanuel AME and the mother of three children, including Charleston Southern baseball player Chris Singleton.

“Thanks again @CameronNewton for coming to my house and hanging with my family,” Chris Singleton posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “Looks like I’m a Panthers fan now.”

Rashard Alston, a former Goose Creek standout who plays football at Newberry, posted a photo of Newton visiting with Singleton and his younger brother and sister.

“I just want to take the time to thank @cameron1newton for reaching out to me and coming to visit my brother! This guy is a class act and extremely down to earth. You are truly appreciated!,” Alston posted on Instagram.

Newton also visited with the family of victim Tywanza Sanders, photos showed.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has donated $10,000 for each of the nine families to cover funeral costs, and another $10,000 to Emanuel AME as a memorial honoring the victims.

“Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals,” Richardson said in a letter.

NBA star Dwight Howard also has visited with victims’ families.