Superheroes Honor School Shooting Victim Dressed As Batman
Oct 06 2016 by Larry Hoffman
TOWNVILLE, S.C. -Mourners dressed as colorful comic book characters gathered to remember a 6-year-old boy during a superhero-themed funeral on Wednesday, Oct. 5, a week after the child was fatally shot at his sc elementary school.
When a 14-year-old allegedly opened fire on Hall's school playground on September 28, the kindergartner was shot in the leg.
Jacob Hall's family had encouraged people to dress as superheroes to celebrate his life, and many people obliged at his visitation the previous day, and many honored the request. The public was invited to attend the service, wearing their favorite superhero attire.
The 14-year-old faces two murder charges in the deaths of his father and Jacob.
The shooting suspect has been charged with multiple counts of murder, attempted murder and possessing a weapon while committing a violent crime.
His mother, Renae Hall, told local television station WYFF that Jacob loved to help and was still "going to make a difference".
"Certainly, we have the same Jesus that Mother Emanuel has", he said.
The pastor said Jacob's small hand touched the whole big world, and that in spite of the tragedy, Jacob Hall's superhero story would have a happy ending. That student and teacher were treated and released from a hospital later that day. Hundreds more watched live feeds in the gym and the youth building, and still others waited outside the Oakdale Baptist Church. The six-year-old boy was dressed as Batman for his funeral.
Young children were among the community members who packed the pews before the funeral began this morning.
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Renae Hall, right, mother of Jacob Hall, chocked back tears and wore a Robin costume for the fuenral.
Mourners surround the casket of six-year-old Jacob Hall as it leaves Oakdale Baptist church in Townville, South CarolinaOctober 5, 2016.
Rev. Tim Marcengill thanked the doctors and staff at Greenville Health System for working to hard to save Jacob, and said there are just some things that people can't fix no matter how much they want to.
Lily's uncle Derek Gunby says Jacob was "the cutest thing ever" at the church's Bible school.
John Buckland drove his Batmobile from West Virginia, and wearing full Batman garb, gave the kids posters that read, "Tough things make me stronger".
Friends and family arrive before a superhero-themed funeral for Jacob Hall at Oakdale Baptist Church.
"I needed to say goodbye and have some hope for tomorrow", said Michele Cahn, 34, whose son attends Townville elementary.
"I just remember thinking that could be one of us, that could be one of my students, just knowing that it hits so close to home", Finley Road guidance counselor Sally Berger said.
District Superintendent Joanne Avery announced a district-wide moment of silence at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday to mark one week since the shooting.