Chris Singleton, a new dad, speaks on overcoming Emanuel heartbreak, not letting mom down

Chris Singleton, a new dad, returns to CSU to speak about not letting his mom down (WCIV)

Former Charleston Southern baseball player Chris Singleton returned to CSU Wednesday to lead worship for the university's chapel services, hours after he and his fiancee welcomed a new baby boy

Mom and the baby are doing well, Singleton said, as he began his message.

"My fiance has been amazing, she actually allowed me to come out here and speak," said Singleton. "I told her I was coming to speak about the Lord, and she said go do what you got to do."

Singleton tweeted a picture of his late mother and father earlier this year with the caption #CantLetMomsDown. The tweet remains pinned to the top of his Twitter profile.

His mom was Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of the 9 victims killed in the Emanuel AME Church shooting.

Singleton was supposed to be with her at church that night.

"I feel like everything happens for a reason, and I feel like maybe my reason is so that I can share my story," said Singleton.

Chris spoke about his Mother's death for the first time just one day after the shooting.

He said he didn't know what to say, so he spoke from the heart.

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"I just say love is always stronger than hate, so if we just love the way my mom would, the hate wouldn't be anywhere close to where the love is," said Singleton.

Chris said he felt it was his mom speaking through him. He said God was testing his reaction to the heart-wrenching actions that happened inside the church.

Through it all, Singleton says he has stuck to his faith, and the game he loves to get him through -- baseball.

"Minor leagues has been a lot of fun, it's been tough," Singleton says. "Like it's really a grind when they say professional baseball, but it's been really really fun and I can't wait to get back out there and start playing in March."

Chris was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in June. He will be in the Lowcountry until next February, until he heads back to spring training with the Cubs.

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