Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool
October 05, 2016 08:19 AM

A 6-year-old South Carolina boy, who died after being shot last week at school, received a superhero tribute he would have been proud of.

Jacob Hall died on Saturday after suffering from a major brain injury due to the amount of blood he lost. His tribute, held at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, South Carolina, on Tuesday afternoon, was attended by children and adults dressed as Batman, Superman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, according to CNN.


His death led prosecutors to upgrade the attempted murder charge against the 14-year-old shooting suspect to murder.

Jacob’s mother, Renae Hall, told WHNS, a local TV station, that she’d encouraged people to wear superhero outfits in his honor. 

“I don’t want suits and ties and all that,” Hall said. “There will be a lot of children there and I don’t want it to be scary for them.”

The bullet hit Jacob’s femoral artery, which caused massive blood loss. He was on life support three days before his death.

A coffin resting in front of the altar featured pictures of Jacob smiling as his relatives wore superhero costumes and Team Jacob shirts.

His mother called her son her “superhero” after his death outside of Greenville Memorial Hospital.

“Jacob was forgiving,” she said. “What happened to Jacob, Jacob forgives already. He’s in heaven smiling down at us. He’s asking his mommy to be able to be strong to forgive just like he would have.”

In a statement to PEOPLE on Saturday, Jacob’s parents said their son changed their lives completely.

“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 read.

His funeral, also superhero-themed, was held Wednesday morning.


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