Father of Central Ave. double homicide victim speaks
Updated: Wednesday, July 24 2013, 10:59 AM EDT
Rochester, N.Y. – “A knock came to my door.”
Bishop David Singleton re-lives the night he received disturbing news about his middle child.
“I was told my son had been shot and was lying in the street,” Singleton said. “When I first got the news that he was shot, I said, 'God spare his life'."
Despite efforts to save his life, 31- year- old Jahmia Singleton died.
Instead of thinking about what could have been, David remembers what was, calling his family blessed to have known Jahmia for 31 years.
“He loved fishing, I taught him how to fish when he was young, he was a very good fisher,” Singleton said.
Singleton even finds a moment to laugh.
“Handsome young man, a lot like his dad,” Singleton laughs.
You get a sense of peace from Singleton, something he credits his faith for.
“I'm living the peace that the scripture says you should have in a time like this,” Singleton said.
That’s part of the reason he shows no anger for the man police have in custody.
“All this time I've not wished harm to the guy, I've not had a retaliatory mind set,” Singleton said.
Singleton said nothing will fill the void of his son, but the family hopes something positive will one day come from the loss of his life.
“I pray that lives will be changed forever and in a very positive and productive beneficial way for our greater society,” Singleton said.
Jahmia Singleton worked at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
He was described as a caring, fun guy who could make you laugh.
A wake is scheduled Friday night at Elim Christian Fellowship from 6 to 8pm.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 1pm.