GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old shot at an elementary school playground in South Carolina, will have a funeral service fit for a superhero, his mother said.
“I don’t want suits and ties and all that,” Renae Hall told reporters outside the Greenville Memorial Hospital on Saturday. “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.”
Hall’s son was playing in the school yard on Sept. 28 at Townville Elementary School when a teen, suspected of having just killed his father, allegedly opened fire, striking the 6-year-old, another student and a teacher.
Jacob Hall was shot in the leg, his doctor said. The bullet struck his femoral artery, causing “massive blood loss” and leading to cardiopulmonary arrest. The boy died Saturday, after three days on life support.
His mother said her son “wanted to save everybody,” just like the superheroes he loved. (The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were his favorite.)
Renae Hall said her son’s funeral won’t be any ordinary service.
The pallbearers, Jacob’s uncles and brothers, also will be dressed as superheroes, and she invited anyone who wants to say goodbye to Jacob to wear their superhero costumes or t-shirts.
Now, she’s certain Jacob has a new super power: flying with the angels.
“Jacob loved God,” she said. “Jacob taught me to love God. He was not afraid to go home to God.”
Hall is holding strong to her faith. She said she’s offering forgiveness to the teen accused in the shooting, something she said her son would have wanted.
“No matter what you and you’re family go through… always be able to forgive because you’re not guaranteed tomorrow, no matter how angry or hurt you are,” Hall said.
The family said visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. at Oakdale Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m., also at Oakdale Baptist Church. The service is open to the public.
Batman and a special Batmobile will be traveling from West Virginia to be a part of the funeral service.
The Townville community came together and participated in a balloon release in Jacob’s memory on Sunday evening, following a special service at Oakdale Baptist Church.