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6-Year-Old Victim Of Elementary School Shooting Had A Superhero-Themed Funeral

First-grader Jacob Hall’s family wanted to celebrate his life with a theme that the little superhero buff would have loved.

Posted on October 5, 2016, at 3:58 p.m. ET

Batman, Superman, and other caped crusaders attended the funeral of 6-year-old Jacob Hall on Tuesday, a week after the first-grader was fatally shot at his South Carolina elementary school.

Jacob was on the playground with a teacher and another student during recess when a 14-year-old boy allegedly opened fire at the Townville Elementary School on Sept. 28. Jacob was the only one who was critically wounded in the shooting and died of his injuries in the hospital on Oct. 1. The 14-year-old, who also allegedly killed his father, was charged with murder. More than 1,000 people showed up at the Oakland Baptist Church on Tuesday to mourn Jacob, while the church was packed with around 500 mourners, ABC News reported.
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Jacob was on the playground with a teacher and another student during recess when a 14-year-old boy allegedly opened fire at the Townville Elementary School on Sept. 28. Jacob was the only one who was critically wounded in the shooting and died of his injuries in the hospital on Oct. 1.

The 14-year-old, who also allegedly killed his father, was charged with murder.

More than 1,000 people showed up at the Oakland Baptist Church on Tuesday to mourn Jacob, while the church was packed with around 500 mourners, ABC News reported.

Jacob was dressed as Batman at his funeral. A sticker inside his casket — which was surrounded by flowers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — read “God’s Super Hero."

Dale Hall, dressed as Superman, paid his respects to his little brother at the funeral.
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Dale Hall, dressed as Superman, paid his respects to his little brother at the funeral.

Jacob’s family had encouraged everyone to dress like superheroes to celebrate his life with a theme he loved. “I don’t want suits and ties and all that,” Renae Hall, Jacob’s mother, told reporters on Saturday. “There will be a lot of children there and I don’t want it to be scary for them.”

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So superheroes from all over the community, including Jacob's teachers and classmates, showed up in capes and masks to honor him.

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Batman himself turned up in his Batmobile.

Batman has made it to see little Jacob off. #JacobHall #TownvilleStrong

The "Batman" was John Buckland, the founder of Heroes 4 Higher, who was asked to attend the funeral by Jacob’s family and friends.

He also gave an emotional eulogy for the little boy: “Take what you have learned from Jacob. Let it make you a better husband, a better father, a better brother, a better sister, a better everything."

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Some couldn't hold in their tears at the service, including Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams and Jacob's 12-year-old relative, Starr Henderson.

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Jacob's mother, Renae Hall, was the Robin to her son's Batman.

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South Carolina police officers also wore superhero T-shirts under their uniforms to show their support.

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A photo of a few of our officers who are #TownvilleStrong in remembrance #JacobHall today.

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