S. Carolina boy, 6, to get su­per­hero fu­neral

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

TOWNVILLE, S.C. — The fam­ily of a 6-year-old boy shot at a South Carolina el­e­men­tary school says a su­per­hero f uneral is planned for Ja­cob Hall, a week af­ter he was shot along with a class­mate and a teacher as his first-grade class left for re­cess.

The fam­ily says the service will be at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day at Oak­dale Bap­tist Church in Townville. Visi­ta­tion is set for Tues­day evening at the church.

Fam­ily mem­bers tell lo­cal news out­lets that pall­bear­ers will dress as su­per­heroes and that peo­ple at- tend­ing also are en­cour­aged to wear cos­tumes.

An un­cle, Johnny Bridges, told WSPA-TV that Ja­cob will be dressed as Bat­man, his fa­vorite su­per­hero. Bridges said the fam­ily wants to cel­e­brate what Ja­cob en­joyed in­stead of fo­cus­ing on neg­a­tive mem­o­ries.

“I don’t want suits and ties and all that,” Re­nae Hall, Ja­cob’s mother, told WHNS-TV. “There will be a lot of chil­dren there, and I don’t want it to be scary for them.”

A Go­FundMe ef­fort has raised more than $126,500 for the fam­ily and their ex­penses.

A drive or­ga­nized by the town’s volunteer fire depart­ment had col­lected more than 200 units of blood late Sun­day af­ter­noon. Fire­fight­ers de­cided to go ahead with the blood drive Sun­day even though Ja­cob died Satur­day at a Greenville hospi­tal.

“You think about that hap­pen­ing in other towns — not here,” Phyl­lis Grant said as she waited to do­nate.

The two stu­dents and the teacher were shot at Townville El­e­men­tary School last Wed­nes­day. The other stu­dent and teacher were treated and re­leased from an An­der­son hospi­tal.

The 14-year-old suspect also is charged with killing his fa­ther shortly be­fore the shoot­ing at the school. Up­dated charges are ex­pected against the teenager fol­low­ing Ja­cob’s death.

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