At only 6-years-old, Jacob Hall, was shot while in class at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina. The kindergarten student was shot by a 14-year-old gunman who opened fire on the playground during recess on Sept. 28. Young Jacob survived being shot and was hospitalized, but he was put on life support. Tragically, Jacob died Oct. 1. To pay tribute to the little boy, a superhero-themed funeral was held on Wednesday morning for the 6-year-old boy who was fatally shot.
Jacob loved superheroes so mourners were asked to dress as superheroes, and the support was extraordinary. On Tuesday, community members held a superhero-themed tribute at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville and people came out in droves to honor the fallen boy. There was literally a line around the church for Jacob’s funeral, many dressed as superheroes.
All of your favorite comic book heroes attended Jacob’s funeral as well as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
The first to speak was Batman (John Buckland), who called the service “the biggest superhero bash this planet has ever seen.”
“This whole day is about Jacob. Today I firmly believe that he’s getting a kick out of all of this but I can’t help but feel he’s been riding that Batmobile … with me today,” he said through tears.
“We have not lost Jacob. I know exactly where he is. He’s with God. He’s in Heaven,” the pastor said at Jacob’s funeral.
Jacob’s casket was decorated with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask and toys, a Captain American action figure and superhero balloons. There was a Batman mask inside the casket.
His family wore matching “Team Jacob” shirts.
Jacob’s parents released a statement:
“Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely. He showed us how to love, laugh and smile even on days we did not want to. God gave him to us and he was taken away from us by a senseless act.
We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that’s the kind of child he was. Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.”
There was heartwarming tributes from neighboring school districts.
People from around the area have honored the slain schoolboy.