Six-year-old Jacob Hall, one of two children injured in a shooting Townsville Elementary School in Townsville, South Carolina on Wednesday passed away on Saturday, according to Hall’s family and the county coroner.
The first-grade suffered a bullet to his femoral artery, causing him to lose 75 percent of his blood, resulting in brain damage. Hall underwent multiple surgeries after going into cardiac arrest.
Jacob’s parents, Renae and Rodger Hall, said in a statement:
“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. 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.”
Renae Hall called her deceased son a “superhero.”
The alleged shooter is a 14-year-old boy, who also stands accused of shooting his father to death just before heading to the elementary school. Authorities say the suspect was charged as a juvenile on Friday with muder and three counts of attempted murder.
According to NBC, the sheriff’s office announced it would convene with prosecutors to discuss upgrading charges against the suspect when Hall’s autopsy is complete.