Townville’s Jacob Hall, ‘God’s strongest soldier,’ dies

Jacob Hall’s family called him their little super hero.

On Saturday, surrounded by family and covered in his hospital bed by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blanket, Hall died from injuries suffered when he was shot in the leg as he walked outside to play at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County on Wednesday.

“God took his strongest soldier,” Gambrell said in a public Facebook post.


Hall, a first-grader at Townville Elementary, died at 12:56 p.m., Saturday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.

He’d fought for his life since the moment a bullet fired from a pistol severed his femoral artery and caused massive blood loss, his doctor said.

A teenager has been charged with shooting Hall.

A school nurse and the town’s fire chief tended to Hall until he could be flown by helicopter to Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery and a number of procedures, but was placed on life support.

In a statement released by the hospital system, the Halls said, “Jacob is in heaven with God now,” according to the statement. “Words cannot express how much we will miss him.

“We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the community for the outpouring of love and support. We also want to thank the doctors and nurses at GHS Children’s Hospital, who did everything in their power to try to save Jacob, and to Ms. Hollingsworth, who put her life on the line to try to protect and save Jacob. We also want to thank Preacher Blizzard and the staff of Oakdale Baptist Church, the Townville Rescue Squad, Townville Fire Department, Fire Chief Billy McAdams and all of the first responders. This is an extremely difficult time for our family, and we ask for privacy as we continue to grieve the loss of our beloved son. Funeral arrangements will be shared on Monday.”

Hall was shot as he and other students exited a door onto a playground at Townville Elementary School at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Another student was shot in the foot and Hollingsworth  was shot in the shoulder. They were treated and released from an Anderson hospital.

In the hours after the shooting, Hall’s heart stopped twice and he was revived both times. He underwent surgery and procedures to stabilize him but was placed on life support, his family said.

“Jacob was a tremendous fighter but was unable to overcome the catastrophic blood loss and resulting cardiopulmonary arrest caused when the bullet hit his femoral artery,” Dr. Keith Webb, Hall’s physician at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, said in a statement Saturday. “We grieve for the loss of this little boy and pray for his family as they work through this extraordinarily difficult time.”

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Jesse Osborne, a 14-year-old who lives in Townville, is accused of killing his father, Jeffrey Osborne, at their home before driving to the school, crashing a black pickup truck into a fence, and opening fire as students exited the school building to play on the playground, authorities have said. Osborne had an initial court appearance Friday and was charged with with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.


Portions of this Story courtesy of the Anderson Independent Mail and from Press Releases from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department

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