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Family and friends of Jacob Hall dressed as superheroes for the six-year-old’s funeral. Courtesy: Fox News

Kortnie Lanclos wore a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shell to the superhero-themed funeral service for Jacob Hall on Wednesday. Picture: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP


FAMILY and friends of little Jacob Hall put aside their grief to dress up for the six-year-old’s funeral.

Jacob died on Saturday from a bullet that struck the main artery in his thigh after a 14-year-old stormed his school and opened fire.

The first grade student was in class at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina about 1.45pm last Wednesday when he, as well as a classmate and his teacher, were hit by bullets.

The suspect was arrested. Police say earlier that day he shot and killed his father at the family’s home.

Dale Hall, Jacob’s brother, dressed as Superman to say farewell. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP

Dale Hall, Jacob’s brother, dressed as Superman to say farewell. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via APSource:AP

Renae Hall, Jacob’s mum, is comforted at the funeral service for the six-year-old. Picture: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP

Renae Hall, Jacob’s mum, is comforted at the funeral service for the six-year-old. Picture: Rainier Ehrhardt/APSource:AP

To say farewell, 1500 mourners crammed into the Oakdale Baptist Church dressed as Power Rangers, The Hulk, Batman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Jacob was placed inside a tiny blue coffin wearing a Batman costume. His mother was dressed, fittingly, as Batman’s sidekick, Robin.

John Buckland dressed as Batman. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP

John Buckland dressed as Batman. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via APSource:AP

Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams wipes tears away from his face. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP

Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams wipes tears away from his face. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via APSource:AP

The boy’s family said he loved to pretend he was a superhero. He always played the good guy. His mother said Jacob would want her to forgive his killer.

“He’d say, ‘Mama, forgive that boy and love him because Jesus loves him’. That’s exactly what Jacob would probably say.”

Mourner David Blizzard said: “A superhero story is about good versus evil. The good always wins. We live in a dark world, but the good’s going to win.”

Mourners farewelled Jacob dressed as his heroes. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP

Mourners farewelled Jacob dressed as his heroes. Picture: Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via APSource:AP

Jacob died Saturday from a gunshot wound to the leg. Picture: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP

Jacob died Saturday from a gunshot wound to the leg. Picture: Rainier Ehrhardt/APSource:AP

Outside church, mourners hugged and comforted one another. The New York Post reported John Buckland drove a Batmobile from West Virginia to attend. He said the community was rallying together.

“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,” Mr Buckland said.

Students are returning to school at Townville Elementary tomorrow. Five surrounding districts are expected to honour one of good guys with a Superhero Day.

A fundraising page set up to help Jacob’s family has already received more than $125,000 in donations.

Tough things make us stronger is plastered on the side of a Batmobile driven to Jacob’s funeral. Picture Rainier Ehrhardt/AP

Tough things make us stronger is plastered on the side of a Batmobile driven to Jacob’s funeral. Picture Rainier Ehrhardt/APSource:AP