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Mourners Dress In Superheroes Costume To Honour Slain Six-year-old Boy



A six-year-old boy who was killed following a school shooting in South Carolina last week was honoured by mourners dressed as superheroes at his funeral yesterday.

Jacob Hall, who died on Saturday, loved comicbook characters, with many of more than 1500 people who attended the ceremony dressing up.

Teachers wore Superman and Wonder Woman costumes, while his mother Renae Hall was dressed as Robin.

The young boy himself was buried in his Batman outfit, while his casket was adorned with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stickers and Captain America figures.

Jacob was fatally wounded following the shooting at Townville Elementary on Wednesday last week.

A 14-year-old boy who is now in police custody has been charged with his murder, after he killed his own father before driving to the school and opening fire.

Two classmates and a teacher were hit with bullets, but were treated and later discharged from hospital.

Emotional funeral for six-year-old victim of gun violence
Emotional funeral for six-year-old victim of gun violence

But Jacob died following a major brain injury due to the blood loss he suffered from being hit in the thigh by one of the bullets.

The boy accused faces charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of weapons.

Mourner John Buckland drove a Batmobile to the funeral, and wore a full Batman outfit to the ceremony.

“Keep an eye on each other. Care about each other, love each other. If someone’s in trouble, reach out and give them the help they need, because Jacob would,” he said, addressing the congregation.

Tim Marcengill, associate pastor at the Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, said: “In 30 years of ministry, this is the most difficult thing that I have ever experienced with a family, a church, a community.”

Image credits: AP/Reuters

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