GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - One of the nine victims shot and killed Wednesday night at Emanuel AME church was a Goose Creek coach and employee.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, was the head coach for the girls track team at Goose Creek High School.
"She had a desire that she was a true Gator," Goose Creek Principal Jimmy Huskey said in a statement Wednesday. "When she came to games, you knew she was there. She was going to be yelling, screaming for the Gators. She loved Goose Creek High School."
She was also a speech language pathologist at the school.
"She was always willing to listen and talk to them [the students]," Huskey said. "Mrs. Singleton will be deeply missed by the Gator nation and we can never replace her as a member of our team."
Family, friends, coworkers and more are hurting after hearing the news about Singleton Wednesday.
"I can't tell you how hard it is to lose someone of that caliber here at Goose Creek High School," Huskey said.
She was described as a woman of many talents; a head coach, a teacher, an associate minister at Emanuel AME church.
"When you love what you're doing, and you teach children, especially teenagers sometimes, the energy you put in to them just to hear them say 'thank you', keeps you going all the time," Huskey said.
People continuously talked about the smile she had, no matter what was going on.
"She was always there with a smile and ready to help," Huskey said. "
In her private life she was a mother to three children. She has a son named Chris who plays baseball at Charleston Southern University.
"She tried hard never to miss any of her kids sporting events or activities," Huskey said. "I think earlier this year she was beaming because, I think, her son got four hits against Carolina, or Clemson, one of those. She was just beaming and always excited."
She is said to be one of a kind, a "bulldog" in the classroom, always trying to get the best for her students.
"She loved children," Huskey said. "She loved being around them. She was always willing to listen to them. She'd smile that big smile of hers, and she'd be willing to help any child. It didn't matter who."
As for the healing process, Goose Creek High School held a prayer service Thursday night in her memory.
The public was able to listen to a few speakers inside the gymnasium and then proceed out to the football/track field where flowers and other mementos were placed near the entrance to the field.
"I know she would want us to move forward," Huskey said. "She would want that process [of healing to start]. She was that [kind of] individual. It's going to take a long time. You can never replace an individual like her."
A funeral date has not been set at this time.