Jacob Hall is described as God-fearing and lovable child by his family and friends. However, on Saturday afternoon, the six-year-old boy died three days after a bullet severely injured his leg. The doctors said the boy lost 75% of his blood.
Hall was taken to hospital in a critical condition after 14-year-old Jesse Osborne opened fire on students on a playground of Townville Elemtary School. The alleged shooter also killed his father at their family home before driving to the playground.
Investigators said Jacob was shot while he was playing on the playground at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. The first-grade boy was immediately brought to Greenville Memorial Hospital, but he remained in a critical condition until his death.
Aside from Jacob, a teacher and a student were also shot. Fortunately, they got only non-life threatening injuries and were released shortly after the attack.
In a report from New York Daily News, Anderson County coroner Greg Shore said Jacob had brain damage after he lost 75% of his blood. The boy was also placed on life support before going into cardiac arrest.
Gerald Gambrell, Jacob's older brother, said his brother is God's "strongest soldier." He added Jacob will be forever with them and will always be in their hearts.
"I love you little brother and I can't wait till the day we meet again," Gambrell wrote on Facebook.
Carolyn Blizzard, wife of Pastor David at Oakdale, said Jacob regularly goes to children's activities at the church and he also attends Good News Club, a bible-based program for children. In addition, Mrs Blizzard said Jacob's family often talked about his faith in God.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley visited Jacob and his parents in the hospital Wednesday evening, according to USA Today. The governor said Jacob was a smart, adorable boy with a beautiful smile and strong faith.
On Friday, the alleged shooter was charged as juvenile with three counts of attempted murder and one count of murder. Police have not yet determined the motive of shooting. The investigators said Jesse Osborne was homeschooled after being kicked out for carrying a gun during classes, as per report from Independent.
Furthermore, Jesse's father was a convicted criminal. In April 1991, Osborne senior was convicted for a drug-related offense in a court bench trial at South Carolina.