Charleston Victim, Son Spoke Just Before She Died

Chris Singleton called his mom to ask about the remote
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2015 9:11 AM CDT
Charleston Victim, Son Spoke Just Before She Died
Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof, second from left, is escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ben Earp)

The deadly shooting in Charleston remains fresh, but the children of one victim say they’ve already forgiven Dylann Roof, 21, for allegedly taking their mother’s life. "I'm a little bitter, but, you know, I’m overwhelmed with love," says Camryn Singleton, whose mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, was a minister on staff at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church. "We already forgive him for what he's done," son Chris tells the BBC. Still, the young man, a baseball player at Charleston Southern University, says his heart is broken. He last spoke to his mother by phone as she attended Bible study, asking where he could find the TV remote she had hidden to keep her youngest son from binging on video games, reports the Daily Beast. "Moments" after he hung up, the shooting began.

"You were a better mother than I could have ever asked for," he wrote on Instagram, per the Post and Courier. "This has truly broken my heart in every way possible." Family and friends who gathered at Goose Creek High School yesterday to honor Singleton, a speech therapist who coached the girls' track and field team, remembered that she was constantly smiling. "She always had a smile on her face, even when she was yelling at us," says a junior on the track and field team. "She supported us. She always saw greatness in us no matter what." Chris Singleton adds smiling was his mother's "trademark." (Roof is in custody thanks to a sharp-eyed driver.)

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