Funeral for a Super Boy: Mourners Don Superhero Costumes to Honor Boy Killed in School Shooting
A 6-year-old South Carolina boy, who died after being shot while playing with friends during his elementary school’s recess, has been laid to rest during a superhero-themed funeral.
Tearful mourners wore capes and masks of characters little Jacob Hall held dear Wednesday as they gathered to say goodbye, weeping while a bouquet was placed atop the tiny casket.
"Batman" delivered the eulogy, choking up as he said: "We’re not here to mourn, we’re here to celebrate."
Amid flowers and stuffed animals on the altar, his favorite superheroes like Captain America and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were prominently displayed.
Little Jacob was also dressed as the caped crusader, as his devastated parent’s referred to their son as "God’s superhero."
"Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely,” his parents, Renae and Rodger Hill, said before the funeral.
“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," they said.
Jacob was a kindergarten student at Townville Elementary School when he, a teacher and another child were shot after a 14-year-old boy allegedly began firing on the school's playground September 28.
He was hospitalized and put on life support, but the little boy’s fight ended October 1.
Jacob's slaying also touched Batman himself, as actor Adam West — who portrayed the legendary superhero for years — tweeted to the little boy’s parents.
"I was so moved by your story. I'm praying for you to have strength. I loved Jacob, too," he wrote.
The alleged gunman, who is also accused of killing his father, is expected to be charged with Jacob’s murder.