6-year-old boy shot and killed at South Carolina school will have superhero funeral

Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 16:00:58-04

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The mother of Jacob Hall said the 6-year-old will have a funeral service that is a fitting send off for her superhero son.

Jacob was shot during a shooting on Sept. 28 at Townville Elementary School.

After three days on life support, he passed away Saturday.

Renae Hall spoke to reporters outside the Greenville Memorial Hospital on Saturday to speak about her son, who she said "wanted to save everybody," just like the superheroes he loved. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were his favorite heroes.

As the grieving mother plans to lay her son to rest, she said the funeral service for the young boy wouldn't be any ordinary service.

"I don't want suits and ties and all that," Hall said. "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 said the pallbearers, Jacob's uncles and brothers, would also be dressed as superheroes, and she invited anyone who wants to say goodbye to Jacob to attend and wear their superhero costumes or t-shirts.

She's certain that 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 as she struggles to let Jacob go. She's also offering forgiveness to the teen accused in the shooting, something she said Jacob would have wanted.

"No matter what you and your family go through… Always be able to forgive because you're not guaranteed tomorrow, no matter how angry or hurt you are," Hall said.

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.