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When Jacob Hall was alive he considered himself a “good guy” in a world full of darkness.  He loved superheroes and wanted to be one when he grew up.  Jacob was killed when a teenage gunman opened fire on his South Carolina elementary school.  An artery was hit by a random bullet and the 6-year-old never recovered from his wound.  He left behind a loving family and a heart broken community.

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At the request of Jacob’s mother, everyone was invited to celebrate his life by coming to the funeral dressed as their favorite superhero.  Jacob was laid to rest dressed as his favorite hero, Batman.  Jacob’s mom knew that he would love to see so many superheroes together in one place.  People from all over drove for hours to celebrate Jacob’s life.  Hundreds of students dressed up in superhero costumes.

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The 6-year-old struck down by a madman’s bullet won’t be remembered as a victim, but instead as the hero that he wanted to be.  He has touched the lives of not only his family and community, but now thousands throughout the world.  He has brought senseless violence out of the darkness and into the light so that we can see the tragic results.  He has rallied the masses to show evil the power of dreams and the human spirit.

Isn’t that just what superheroes do?