Jacob Hall, 6, Dies After Being Shot on Playground of His South Carolina Elementary School
Jacob was shot along with another student and a female teacher Wednesday afternoon at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, South Carolina
Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old boy who was wounded in Wednesday’s elementary school shooting in South Carolina, has died.
Jacob’s parents Renae and Rodger Hall confirmed the death to PEOPLE on Saturday.
“Our son, Jacob Hall, who was shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday, died today surrounded by family at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital,” the Hall family’s statement read.
“Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely. He showed us how to love, laugh and smile even on days we did not want to. God gave him to us and he was taken away from us by a senseless act,” the statement continued.
The kindergarten student was allegedly shot in the leg by a 14-year-old suspect, who was charged as a juvenile on Friday with one count of murder in the death of his father and three counts of attempted murder.
The bullet hit Jacob’s femoral artery, causing massive blood loss leading to cardiopulmonary arrest, his family said. He had been on life support due to suffering a major brain injury and due to the amount of blood he lost.
“Jacob was a tremendous fighter but was unable to overcome the catastrophic blood loss and resulting cardiopulmonary arrest caused when the bullet hit his femoral artery,” said Dr. Keith Webb with GHS Children’s Hospital in a statement to PEOPLE. “We grieve for the loss of this little boy and pray for his family as they work through this extraordinarily difficult time.”
In their statement, the Halls thanked the doctors and nurses of GHS Children’s Hospital “who did everything in their power to try to save Jacob.” They also expressed their appreciation to Preacher Blizzard and the staff of Oakdale Baptist Church, the Townville Rescue Squad, Townville Fire Department, Fire Chief Billy McAdams and all of the first responders.
“We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that’s the kind of child he was,” the statement read. “Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.”
Jacob’s brother, Gerald Gambrell, shared a touching tribute to his sibling on Facebook Saturday.
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“God took his strongest soldier. Jacob will be with us forever and always in our hearts. I love you little brother and I can’t wait till the day we meet again. Your my hero buddy. I love you so much watch over your family son,” Gambrell wrote.
Jacob was shot along with another student and a female teacher. Townville teacher Meghan Hollingsworth and the second student, also 6 years old, were released from AnMed Health Medical Center Wednesday evening, AnMed spokesman Ross Norton told PEOPLE.
The suspect’s father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, was found dead near the school in what officials have told PEOPLE is a related incident.
A judge determined Friday that Jesse will remain in a juvenile holding facility in Greenville as reported by local news outlets. Police said the 14-year-old, who was a Townville student until a few years ago, drove the family truck to the school, crashed into a fence outside the playground, got out and started shooting.
Jacob’s funeral arrangements will be shared on Monday. A GoFundMe page has been started to pay for Jacob’s medical expenses.
Townville Elementary School will reopen for class on Monday.