Mourners came from near and far, filling the church and watching live feeds from other buildings to honor the memory of 6-year-old Jacob Hall, who was killed last week at the school shooting in Townville, S.C. In tribute they wore the costumes of the comic book superheroes that delighted the boy in his short life. “I don’t want suits and ties and all that,” his mother Renae Hall, told WHNS-TV a couple days ago. “There will be a lot of children there and I don’t want it to be scary for them.” Jacob himself, is to be buried in the costume of Batman, the “Caped Crusader,” who was the boy’s favorite superhero.
Jacob succumbed to his injuries Saturday, after being shot in the thigh by a distraught 14-year-old. The boy had killed his father before driving to the Townville Elementary School and opening fire in the playground. Three people were hit by bullets before staff could get people indoors and the boy was disarmed by a local fireman. Because he is a minor, police have not released the name of the shooter. The other two shooting victims had been treated and released for their wounds, but Jacob was shot in his femoral artery, which caused a massive amount of blood loss, leading to cardiopulmonary arrest, brain damage, and ultimately, his death.
At Jacob’s funeral at the Oakdale Baptist Church, the Rev. David Blizzard called on the memory of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church, to implore congregants to forgive the shooter, as those in Charleston had done. Evoking Jacob’s love of superheroes, the Reverend said, “a superhero story is about good versus evil. The good always wins. We live in a dark world, but the good’s going to win.”