Among the nine people killed when a racist South Carolina gunman opened fire during a prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a mother of three who also served as a minister and popular high school track coach.
Coleman-Singleton coached the Goose Creek High School girls track team. Her family, team and entire community are devastated by the loss.
Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was taken into custody this morning, after law enforcement located him 245 miles away from Charleston. Roof was armed with a gun when he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. An official said Roof's father had recently bought his son a .45 caliber gun for his 21st birthday.
The Goose Creek Gators sports teams Facebook page included this remembrance of Coach Singleton:
"We love you, Coach Singleton. Gator Nation is where it is today because of your leadership. You have our thoughts and prayers."
Singleton, whose three kids appear to still be of school age, was also a reverend at the church.
Reports of the horrific—and, lately, not terribly shocking—shooting came in late Wednesday night. Witnesses say Roof attended the prayer meeting at the church, which is located in the heart of Charleston's tourist district. After about an hour of sitting among parishioners, Roof stood up and said he was there "to shoot black people," according to news reports. Then he opened fire, shooting at other prayer meeting attendees.
In all, Roof killed nine people, including Singleton.