(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) — A superhero-themed funeral is taking place Wednesday for the 6-year-old boy who was fatally shot at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina.
Jacob Hall was a kindergarten student at Townville Elementary School when he was allegedly shot by a suspected 14-year-old gunman who opened fire on the playground during recess on Sept. 28, officials said, injuring Jacob and others.
Jacob was hospitalized and put on life support. He died on Oct. 1.
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.”
According to local media reports, Jacob loved superheroes, and those attending the funeral were asked to dress as superheroes.
The alleged gunman, who is being charged as a juvenile, has been accused of Jacob’s murder and the shooting and killing of his father earlier that day. He is also facing weapons possession charges and attempted murder. He had not entered a plea as of Oct. 1.
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