Town Honors 6-Year-Old Elementary School Shooting Victim With Superhero-Theme Funeral

On September 28, a 6-year-old boy was fatally shot at his South Carolina, US, elementary school.


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Townsville Elementary first-grader, Jacob Hill, was on the playground with a teacher and another student during recess when a 14-year-old boy allegedly opened fire.


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Jacob was the only child critically wounded in the shooting and died of his injuries in the hospital three days later.


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The 14-year-old, who also allegedly killed his father, was charged with murder.

Jacob’s funeral was held at Oakland Baptist Church on Tuesday. Over a thousand people showed up to mourn and pay their respects to the little boy.


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At his funeral, Jacob was dressed as his favorite superhero, Batman. Inside his casket was a sticker, surrounded by flowers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that read “God’s Super Hero.”


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Renae Hill, Jacob’s mom, went to the funeral dressed as the Robin to her son’s Batman.


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Jacob’s family encouraged everyone to come to the funeral dressed as superheroes. Instead of dressing formally, they wanted people to come and celebrate his life with a theme that he loved.

“I don’t want suits and ties and all that. There will be a lot of children there and I don’t want it to be scary for them,” Renae told local reporters on Saturday.

Superheroes from the community all came, including Jacob’s teachers and friends, all in masks and capes.


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And the real Batman came to see little Jacob off and read an emotional eulogy.


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“Take what you have learned from Jacob. Let it make you a better husband, a better father, a better brother, a better sister, a better everything.”


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Rest in peace, Jacob.


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