The 6-year-old who died from injuries sustained after being shot in the leg at Townville Elementary School will be laid to rest Wednesday with a superhero themed funeral
His parents are asking all attendees to honor their son by dressing as their favorite superhero.
Hall’s family issued a statement Saturday after his death.
“Our son, Jacob Hall, who was shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday, died today surrounded by family at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely. 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. We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that's the kind of child he was. Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.
We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the community for the outpouring of love and support. We also want to thank the doctors and nurses at GHS Children’s Hospital, who did everything in their power to try to save Jacob, and to Ms. Hollingsworth, who put her life on the line to try to protect and save Jacob. We also want to thank Preacher Blizzard and the staff of Oakdale Baptist Church, the Townville Rescue Squad,Townville Fire Department, Fire Chief Billy McAdams and all of the first responders. This is an extremely difficult time for our family, and we ask for privacy as we continue to grieve the loss of our beloved son. Funeral arrangements will be shared on Monday.” – Renae and Rodger Hall.
Hall was shot as he and other students exited a door onto a playground at Townville Elementary School at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Another student and a teacher were also shot. Hall was flown by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital and remained in critical condition until his death.
Hall was struck in the leg and the bullet hit his femoral artery and caused massive blood loss, said Dr. Keith Webb, Hall's physician at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, in a statement on Thursday.
The blood loss caused his heart to stop, and Hall underwent surgery and a number of procedures to try to stabilize him, Webb said.
“Jacob was a tremendous fighter but was unable to overcome the catastrophic blood loss and resulting cardiopulmonary arrest caused when the bullet hit his femoral artery,” Webb said in a statement Saturday. “We grieve for the loss of this little boy and pray for his family as they work through this extraordinarily difficult time.”