Funeral services Wednesday for a 6-year-old who passed away from gunshot injuries in the Townville school shooting will have a “Superhero” theme.
The 11 a.m. service for Jacob Hall will be at the Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville. Hall died Saturday from injuries he suffered three days earlier when Anderson County authorities say a 14-year-old suspect opened fire outside Townville Elementary School. Another student and a teacher were also shot, but were released from the hospital after a few hours.
Jacob will be dressed as Batman inside his casket. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. at the Oakdale church.
Family members say everyone attending Wednesday’s service is encouraged to wear a superhero costume or T-shirt. His mother Renae Hall said her son loved the genre and often imagined himself as a hero. “(Jacob) told me one day, ‘I’ve got a secret… I’ve got superpowers,” she told reporters over the weekend. “He said, ‘I’m Cat Boy. And at night when you and Daddy go to sleep, I go out and I save the town.'”
Meanwhile, the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced Monday that an attempted murder charge against the teen has now been upgraded to murder following Hall’s death. Authorities also filed new charges of five counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and a third attempted murder charge for another child victim who had also been outside at the time.
On Sunday, family members buried the suspect’s father 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne at the Oakdale church. Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe Osborne was murdered by his son shortly before the school shootings. The teen then drove to Townville, where he opened fire on a group of kindergarteners on the school playground. Teachers were able to quickly get all the students inside and put the school on lockdown. A volunteer firefighter arriving on scene eventually subdued the teen, despite being unarmed.
The 14 year old, who is not being identified due to his age, remains in the juvenile facility at the Greenville County Detention Center.