Today, a funeral will be held at the Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, South Carolina that will be unlike any other. Attendees, who came to the wake service yesterday dressed in superhero costumes and are encouraged to do so again today while mourning the loss of a 6-year-old’s life because that is what he would have wanted.
On Wednesday, September 28, during recess, Jacob Hall was playing at the Townville Elementary School playground when he was shot in the leg by a suspected 14-year-old gunman. Another student and one teacher were also hurt during the incident, but they were released from the hospital that same day. The bullet shot through Hall’s femoral artery and lost a lot of blood causing a major brain injury. He was put on life support at Greenville Memorial Hospital but later died on Saturday, October 1 reports ABC News.
Like other boys, Hall was a lover of superheroes and because of this, guests attending his funeral were asked to dress as such.
“I don’t want suits and ties and all that,” Jacob’s mother told Fox Carolina on Monday.
“There will be a lot of children there and I don’t want it to be scary for them. Jacob will be dressed in his superhero costume.”
During a wake service yesterday, Hall’s classmates, teachers and those in the community paid their respects while wearing capes and superhero logo t-shirts. A “Batmobile” was parked outside the church as well. Actor Adam West, who portrayed the caped crusader In the 1960’s TV series Batman, wrote the family a special note on Twitter.
“To Jacob’s parents: I was so moved by your story and what you are doing with your son. Sending my heartfelt best wishes and praying for you to have strength. I loved Jacob, too.”
To Jacob’s parents: I was so moved by your story. I’m praying for you to have strength. I loved Jacob, too. https://t.co/bcy6FRGMHr
— Adam West (@therealadamwest) October 4, 2016
Jacob’s parents, Renae and Rodger Hall, said in 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.”
Jacob’s brother, Gerald Gambrell, posted on Facebook that his little brother “will be with us forever and always in our hearts.”
RELATED REPORTS FROM INQUISITR:
The alleged gunman accused of Jacob Hall’s murder, who is not named at this time, will be charged as a juvenile. He is facing weapons possession charges and attempted murder. His is also accused of killing his father earlier in the day.
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