Thursday 27 October 2016

Superhero funeral for school shooting victim Jacob, six

Published 04/10/2016 | 01:36

Jacob Hall died three days after a teenage boy opened fire on his primary school playground
Jacob Hall died three days after a teenage boy opened fire on his primary school playground

The family of a six-year-old boy who died after being shot at a South Carolina primary school by a 14-year-old who opened fire on the playground is planning a superhero funeral for the tragic youngster.

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Jacob Hall lost his fight for life three days after after a bullet struck him in a main artery in his leg, causing a major brain injury due to a "catastrophic" loss of blood, his doctor said.

Another pupil and a teacher were also shot but were released from hospital after treatment

Pallbearers will dress as the comic-strip characters and people attending are being encouraged to wear superhero costumes at Jacob's funeral at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville on Wednesday.

An uncle, Johnny Bridges, told WSPA-TV that Jacob would be dressed as Batman, his favourite superhero. Mr Bridges said the family wanted to celebrate what Jacob enjoyed instead of focusing on negative memories.

"I don't want suits and ties and all that," Renae Hall, Jacob's mother, told WHNS-TV. "There will be a lot of children there and I don't want it to be scary for them."

The shooting happened at Townville Elementary School last Wednesday as Jacob's first-grade class left for break. The other pupil and teacher were treated and released from an Anderson hospital.

The 14-year-old suspect is also charged with killing his father shortly before the shooting at the nearby school.

Solicitor Chrissy Adams said because of Jacob's death, an attempted murder charge had been upgraded to murder.

The teenager is also facing five counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and a third attempted murder charge for a recently identified child victim.

A GoFundMe effort has raised more than 126,500 dollars (£99,000) for Jacob's family and their expenses.

A drive organised by the town's volunteer fire brigade had collected more than 200 units of blood late on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters decided to go ahead with the blood drive even though Jacob died on Saturday at a Greenville hospital.

"You think about that happening in other towns - not here," Phyllis Grant said as she waited to donate.

"It's so sad. It's really about the only thing we can think about right now."

Classes at the school will resume on Thursday.


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