On the cusp of the two-year anniversary of the night his mother was gunned down in a racially motivated shooting at a Charleston church, the son of one of the victims was drafted to play baseball for the Chicago Cubs.
Chris Singleton was drafted in the 19th round by the World Series Champion team on Wednesday.
The Charleston Southern University junior and center fielder started in all 51 games this season, stealing an impressive 18 bases and getting 10 assists, the University told CNN.
Saturday marked two years since the self-declared white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed Singleton’s mother, Rev Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and eight others at a bible study in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.
Coleman-Singleton was a minister on staff at the Emanuel AME Church, where Roof reportedly sat with the weekly bible study group for an hour before he opened fire.
After her death, Singleton said his mother, who was 45, was ‘a God-fearing woman who loved everybody with all her heart.’
Singleton shared the exciting news on social media with the message: ‘You already know who this is for… #CantLetMomsDown’
He will have the opportunity to sign the the Cubs and be assigned to a minor league team, but can also return to Charleston Southern for his final season, if he chooses.
The Cub’s Senior Vice President of scouting and player development Jason McLeod said Singleton was drafted because of his talented.
‘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,’ he told CNN.
McLeod also described Singleton as mature, and said the team is looking forward to bringing him onto the team.
Dylann Roof was sentenced to death in January after being previously convicted on 33 federal charges including murder, hate crimes and obstruction of religion.
The same jury that convicted him of those charges decided to sentence him to death for the Crime.