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Superheroes Gather To Mourn 6-Year-Old Boy Killed In Townville School Shooting

Jacob Hall was dressed as Batman when he was laid to rest.

06/10/2016 10:46 AM AEDT | Updated 07/10/2016 5:32 AM AEDT
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Superheroes in capes, masks, and police officer and firefighter uniforms gathered at a church in South Carolina on Wednesday to pay their respects to 6-year-old Jacob Hall.

Jacob was one of three people shot last week when a teenager armed with a pistol opened fire at Townville Elementary School. Jacob died Saturday after succumbing to his injuries.

The young boy was laid to rest in his Batman costume during a touching and heartbreaking ceremony at Oakdale Baptist Church. The costumes, balloons and superhero figurines brought a bit of color to an otherwise heartbreaking ceremony.

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Jacob Hall's brother Dale Hall, dressed as Superman, stands before the casket during a superhero-themed funeral service for his little brother at Oakdale Baptist Church on Wednesday in Townville, South Carolina.

Before the funeral, Renae Hall, the boy’s mother, encouraged everyone who was attending to come dressed as a superhero because she knew there would be a lot of children at the service. The ceremony, she told FOX Carolina, was fitting because her son loved superheroes and “wanted to save everybody.”

The Hall family invited John Buckland, who dresses as superheroes for Heroes 4 Higher, to the Wednesday service. Buckland, dressed as Batman, drove a Batmobile from West Virginia to the Townville church to be a part of the funeral procession.

A tearful and visibly shaken Renae Hall was dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, as family members walked her to the front of the church. She collapsed when she reached the casket, which was adorned with flowers, balloons and figurines.

“Out of this community, the world is learning how to do it right, and they’re learning it from a 6-year-old boy,” Buckland, dressed as Batman, said during the service, according to local news station KFOR. 

“Let us take what we’ve learned from Jacob and let it make us a better person,” he added.

”Last Wednesday, darkness and evil came to Townville,” Rev. Tim Marcengill said during the service. “But this Wednesday, there’s grace and faith and hope and love that will win in the end of this superhero story.”

More than 1,000 people, hundreds dressed as heroes, attended the funeral, according to ABC News. Many others across the country and worldwide who could not attend the funeral dressed in superhero-themed outfits Wednesday, showing their support by tagging #RIPJacob on social media.

Jacob you will forever be our little super hero❤️💙💛 #ripjacob #townvillestrong

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Below, see the ceremony that Hall’s parents said Jacob would’ve wanted ― a gathering of superheroes honoring one of their own fallen.

  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    Batman arrives during a superhero-themed funeral service for Jacob Hall at Oakdale Baptist Church.
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    A sticker commemorating the Townville Elementary School shooting is affixed to the Heroes 4 Higher Batmobile.
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    Jacob's mother Ranae Hall reacts as her son's casket is placed into a hearse during the funeral.
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    Jacob Hall's mother, Renae Hall, dressed as Robin for Jacob's funeral service. Jacob was laid to rest in his casket wearing a Batman costume. 
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    Friends and family arrive before a superhero-themed funeral service for Jacob Hall at Oakdale Baptist Church on Wednesday.
  • Tami Chappell / Reuters
    Mourner Eddie Bennett, holding son Karter Bennett, arrives at Oakdale Baptist church for Jacob's funeral.
  • Tami Chappell / Reuters
    Landen Gilbert dressed as Batman stands in line to enter Oakdale Baptist church for the funeral of his cousin, 6-year-old Jacob Hall.
  • Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool
    John Buckman, dressed as Batman, hugs the aunt of Jacob Hall, Rebecca Hunnicut, after speaking during the superhero-themed funeral service for Jacob.
  • Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool
    Pastor Tim Marcengill speaks at Jacob's funeral on Wednesday.
  • Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool
    Rev. David Blizzard, senior pastor at Oakdale Baptist Church, remembers Jacob Hall during the funeral service.
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    Kortnie Lanclos, of Liberty, South Carolina, wears a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shell before a superhero-themed funeral service for Jacob.
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    Pallbearers hug each other after placing the body of Jacob Hall into a hearse during a superhero-themed funeral service.
  • Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool
    Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams wipes tears during Jacob's funeral.
  • Tami Chappell / Reuters
    Mourners dressed as super heroes leave Oakdale Baptist church after the funeral of 6-year-old Jacob Hall.
  • AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, right, exits following a superhero-themed funeral service for Jacob.
  • Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool
    John Buckland, dressed as Batman, was the first one to speak during Jacob's funeral.
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