TOWNVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — The Townville community came together Tuesday evening to mourn the loss of a six-year-old who was shot at an elementary school last week.
Jacob Hall was critically wounded when a 14-year-old boy opened fire at Townville Elementary School last Wednesday, Sept. 28. He died at the hospital on Saturday, Oct. 1.
In honor of his love of superheroes, Hall’s visitation at Oakdale Baptist Church was filled with characters, costumed and on balloons — Spiderman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.
Hall’s family even dressed him as his favorite superhero, Batman.
Those in attendance said even though the superheroes lightened the mood, it was still painful to celebrate the life of someone just six years old. For many, seeing a small casket with a ninja turtle perched on top was just too much.
“I was looking at little Jacob in that casket, and I just couldn’t bear it,” said family member Jerry Gambrell.
“Tomorrow we may cry, and we may hurt, and we suffer, but we have tomorrow. Jacob doesn’t have that luxury,” said Jacob’s great aunt, Rebecca Hunniicutt.
Hunniicutt said Hall had asthma and vision problems, and thought his obstacles were what made him so fond of superheroes.
“Superman, when he was Clark Kent, he wore glasses,” Hunniicutt said. “He was clumsy. He was awkward, and I think that’s the way Jacob saw himself. ‘Okay, me being Jacob, I can’t do everything I want to do. I can’t save the world. I can’t save Townville. But as ‘Catboy,’ when I’m my superhero, I’ve got it going on.’”
The little boy, known by his family as “Catboy” because he absorbed everything, had the power to assemble “Team Jacob” from lands near and far.
“A superhero is someone who does something extraordinary,” said Rob Sosebde with South Carolina Upstate Heroes. “Sadly, his extraordinary was cut short, but he did bring this community and a lot of people together.”
Hall’s funeral will take place Wednesday. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear a superhero costume or T-shirt.