Superhero-Themed Funeral Held For First-Grader Who Died From School Shooting

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Recently, a 14-year-old boy allegedly murdered his father, and then allegedly opened fire on the playground at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina. As if that wasn’t tragic enough, a 6-year-old boy named Jacob Hall was critically injured in the shooting and later passed away.

When it was time for Jacob’s funeral, his mother didn’t want people wearing suits and ties and the other traditional black attire to the funeral to symbolize mourning. She knew a lot of children would be there, and she didn’t want them to be scared. Instead, in line with Jacob’s favorite theme, his mother encouraged everyone to come dressed as superheroes to celebrate Jacob’s life. The result was incredible.

Six-year-old Jacob Hall was shot while on the playground at his school in South Carolina. Tragically, he later died from his wounds.


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The family had a superhero-themed funeral for him to celebrate his life.

Many attendees dressed as superheroes for the service.


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Jacob’s older brother, Dale, dressed as Superman.

The family said they didn’t want it to be too formal so as to not scare the numerous children who would be present.


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Jacob’s classmates and teachers wore costumes too.


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Batman himself came to the funeral and delivered an emotional eulogy.


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Batman was portrayed by John Buckland, of Heroes 4 Higher.


There weren’t very many dry eyes at the service.


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Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams was tearful.

A relative of Jacob’s, 12-year-old Starr Henderson, couldn’t hide her grief either.


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Since Jacob was dressed as Batman, it was only fitting that his mother, Renae Hall, went as Robin.


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Meanwhile, South Carolina police officers showed their support by wearing superhero shirts under their uniforms.

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A sticker on the ceiling of Jacob’s casket read “God’s Super Hero”, and that’s how he will be remembered.