If anyone knows the worst of America, it’s the young man sitting in the dugout at PK Park.
He doesn’t need to be told that evil exists in the world, that darkness and hatred walk the streets in everyday clothes. He knows.
His mom was in the church.
Chris Singleton, one of the newest Eugene Emeralds, is doing what a first-year player does in professional baseball. He’s trying to impress his new team, getting used to a new city, adjusting to the long bus rides and the late nights in the Northwest League.
As he does it, he’s carrying the memory of his mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of nine people gunned down inside Charleston, S.C.’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015.
The killer, Dylann Roof, is an avowed white supremacist who walked into a Wednesday night Bible study with a .45-caliber Glock handgun and 88 hollow-point bullets. His stated goal was to incite a race war.
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