GREENVILLE, S.C. — The family of a 6-year-old boy shot at a South Carolina elementary school says a funeral is planned Wednesday, a week after he was shot as a first-grade class left for recess.
The family of Jacob Hall says the service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville.
Family members tell local news outlets that pallbearers will dress as superheroes and people attending also are encouraged to wear costumes.
Jacob died Saturday after being shot at Townville Elementary school with another student and a teacher. The 14-year-old suspect also is charged with killing his father shortly before the shooting at the nearby school.
Classes are to resume Thursday. Teachers will report to work Tuesday for counseling and class preparation on Wednesday before classes resume.
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Parents of 6-year-old SC boy shot at school remember their son
The parents of a 6-year-old boy who died after he was wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina say the boy showed his family how to love, laugh and smile.
Jacob Hall died Saturday, days after authorities say he was critically injured when a teenager opened fire on a school playground. Jacob's parents said in a statement that their son has already forgiven the shooter because that's the kind of child he was.
Jacob has been surrounded by family at a hospital since the shooting Wednesday at Townville Elementary. A bullet struck Hall in a main artery in his leg, causing him to lose a lot of blood.
Authorities say another student and a first-grade teacher were also shot when a 14-year-old boy started firing a handgun. They were treated and released.
The teen has been charged as a juvenile and is being held in jail.
6-year-old boy dies days after SC elementary school shooting
6-year-old Jacob Hall has died days after he was critically wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina, according to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore.
He died at around 1 p.m. Saturday.
Jacob's mother asks that those who attend the funeral should wear their favorite superhero costume.
According to WHNS, Jacob Hall, a kindergarten student at Townville Elementary School, was on the playground Wednesday when police say a teenage gunman opened fire, shooting the boy in the leg. Jacob was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. As of Friday morning, he is on life support.
"I have faith and belief that he can pull through this," Jacob's brother Gerald Gambrell said. "Nobody in my family has ever given up on anything and Jacob is the first person to never give up on anything."
The teenage gunman, who authorities believe fatally shot his father before the rampage, also injured two others at the school – a teacher and a student – before he was taken into custody. They were treated at another hospital and released, WHNS reports. The suspect will face a judge Friday for the first time.
“We appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital,” Jacob's parents, Rodger and Renae Hall, said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
State Rep. Alan Clemmons, who said he is a friend of the family, gave an update on Jacob's condition in a Facebook post.
"The bullet ripped through little Jacob's femoral artery," Clemmons wrote. "He died twice, and was revived during medical transport and again during surgery. Once stabilized, he will face yet another surgery."
People flocked to a GoFundMe page to help with the boy's medical expenses. Early Thursday, the fundraiser had already exceeded its $3,000 goal.
"Thank you for your donation and and PLEASE pray for this sweet little boy and his parents," wrote Travis Paige, who created the campaign.
Meanwhile, supporters took to social media to offer well-wishes to Jacob with #PrayersForJacob.
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