Batman delivers eulogy for 6-year-old S.C. school shooting victim
Dale Hall, dressed in a Superman outfit, stands before the casket during the funeral for his brother 6-year-old Jacob Hall.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:46 AM
Batman himself paid his final respects Wednesday to his pint-sized mini-me.
The Caped Crusader gave an emotional eulogy for Jacob Hall, who died in a shooting at his South Carolina elementary school, at the 6-year-old’s superhero-themed funeral.
“Take what we’ve learned from Jacob and make you … a better everything,” the man dressed a full Batman costume said to mourners who packed Townville’s Oakdale Baptist Church.
The first-grader was also dressed as Batman, his favorite superhero. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stickers decorated his blue casket, and “God’s Super Hero” was written inside.
Jacob Hall died Saturday after he was shot at his elementary school last week.
Jacob’s funeral comes a week after a 14-year-old’s gun rampage at Townville Elementary School. The 6-year-old lost 75% of his blood when a bullet hit a main artery in his thigh, and he was airlifted to a Greenville hospital, where he died Saturday.
Jacob’s family, who asked mourners to forgo black attire for superhero costumes, said they wanted to celebrate Jacob’s life with a theme he would have loved. His family recalled how the superhero-loving boy frequently talked about how he was out saving Townville as others slept.
“He loved anything to do with goodness,” Jacob’s mother, Renae Hall, told local media. “He loved anything to do with being able to help somebody. That’s why I say Jacob was going to make a difference and he still is going to make a difference.”
While Townville Elementary students won’t return to school until Thursday, students from the district’s five other schools were excused from class to attend Jacob’s funeral.
A group of Townville teachers, all with caps tied around their necks, took a bus to the funeral. Batman himself arrived at the church in a Batmobile.
Jacob’s adult brother Dale Hall wore a Superman cape as he stood over little Jacob’s casket, saying goodbye to the young Batman.
Kortnie Lanclos, of Liberty, S.C., wears a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shell before a superhero-themed funeral service for Jacob Hall.
The funeral was the second time cape-clad mourners packed the church to remember the first-grader.
On Tuesday, More than 1,000 people visited the church for Jacob’s visitation, which also followed the superhero theme. At the front, large posters showed Jacob as Superman and being held by Jesus. Floral arrangements included characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Captain America symbols.
Police arrested the suspected gunman, identified by local media as 14-year-old Jesse Osborne, after he shot three people at Townville Elementary School. The two other victims — another 6-year-old boy and a teacher — were treated and released from a hospital later that day.
Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams wipes away tears before the funeral for 6-year-old Jacob Hall at Oakdale Baptist in Townville, S.C.
The teen shot and killed his dad inside their family home, about two miles from the school, earlier that day, police said.
Osborne faces two counts of murder for the deaths of his father and Jacob, on top of attempted murder and weapons charges.
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