Jacob Hall was killed when a teenager started shooting at his South Carolina elementary school. A bullet hit an artery in his leg causing him to bleed out. Jacob was put on life support for three days but sadly passed away on Oct. 1. The shooter was fourteen. The teen had killed his father before heading to the school, injuring two people in addition to killing Jacob Hall.
According to Jacob's mom he would, “pretend he was a superhero. He imagined himself being the good guy and sure enough, it’s almost surreal to think what’s happened. This little boy has spoken to us and said, ‘I want you to love each other like Jesus loves us’.” The front of the funeral programs said “God’s Superhero”. Jacob’s casket was decorated with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stickers and a bright floral spray on top including large figurines of Ninja turtles and Captain America. Jacob’s family encouraged people to dress like superheroes to celebrate his life.
Jacob’s mom said a superhero theme was very fitting because “he wanted to save everybody.” Jacob's aunt also shared this about him: “Superman… when he was Clark Kent he wore glasses. He was clumsy. He was awkward… And I think that’s the way Jacob saw himself.”
The funeral had an abundance of people show up, all dressed up as superheroes. Over 1,500 people came to support the family. Jacob was “very sweet” and “knew a lot about Jesus.” Jacob was laid to rest dressed head to toe in Batman gear.
Hashtags such as #SuperHerosForJacob and #TownvilleStrong soon spread through social media in support for the little boy. The city turned a horrible event into an emphasis of sticking together when things get hard. Jacobs’s mother hopes people will remember her son in this world as God’s Superhero.