Our hearts are breaking for the family of Jacob Hall, 6, who was shot & killed during the South Carolina elementary school shooting on Sept. 28. The child was laid to rest wearing a tiny batman costume at his superhero-themed funeral. Fellow ‘superheroes’ flooded the service as well, paying their respects to the young boy who showed the world ‘hope.’
Dressed as Batman, Superman, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, superheroes from all over attended the funeral of six-year-old Jacob Hall on Oct. 5. The service was held at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, South Carolina and had a superhero theme because Jacob “always wanted to be a superhero,” according to his great-aunt Rebecca Hunnicutt.
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But amid the festive atmosphere, it was still a heartbreaking event. Little Jacob was laid to rest inside a coffin, which was resting in front of the altar, surrounded by pictures of himself smiling. He was also surrounded by superhero memorabilia, balloons, and flowers. That’s where the dressed-up mourners paid their respects to Jacob, who died after being shot last week at school.
Jacob was shot on his school’s playground on Sept. 28 when a 14-year-old boy, Jesse Osborne, opened fire on the playground at Townville Elementary School, southwest of Greenville, South Carolina. After three days on life support, he sadly passed away on Oct. 1. His death led prosecutors to upgrade an attempted murder charge to murder against the accused shooter.
Jacob, a classmate, and a first-grade teacher were struck by bullets as they left for recess. That student and teacher were treated and released from a hospital later that day. However, Jacob wasn’t so lucky. A bullet struck him in a main artery in his thigh, and he was airlifted to the hospital where he later died.
“We want to honor Jacob, celebrate Jacob, in a way he would love,” Rebecca told the Anderson Independent-Mail. And we’re sure Jacob would have loved the service. After all, dressed in full Batman garb, John Buckland, the founder of Heroes 4 Higher, drove his Batmobile, which he calls the Hope-Mobile, all the way from West Virginia to recite Jacob’s eulogy.
“Out of this community, the world is seeing how to do it right and the only reason you’re able to do it right is because you’ve learned from the best and that’s a six-year-old boy,” John said. “We’re not here to mourn, we’re here to celebrate. My message to all of us here today is take what we’ve learned from Jacob, let it make you a better husband, a better father, a better brother, a better sister, a better everything.”
John ended his speech by saying, “May a six-year-old boy become such a part of our lives that this community shows the rest of the world what hope is all about.” So powerful. And a fellow Jacob, Jacob Tremblay, who turned 10 the day of the funeral, posted a special tribute to Jacob Hall on Instagram, revealing that he too was dressed as a superhero to honor the young boy.
Our hearts go out to Jacob’s loved ones during this extremely difficult time. HollywoodLifers, please leave your condolences below.