Parents of slain SC boy say teacher who was shot ‘put her life on the line’ trying to save him

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WNCN) –- Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old victim of a shooting at Townville Elementary School, has died at Greenville Memorial Hospital.


Jacob died just before 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, according to the Anderson County Coroner.

Related story: New details emerge about accused SC school shooter

Jacob was shot Wednesday afternoon after deputies say a teen killed his father, then went to the nearby school and shot Jacob and his classmates — hitting two students and a teacher.

According to doctors, Jacob had massive blood loss after being shot in the leg which hit his femoral artery.

He had undergone several surgeries to try to stabilize his condition, according to Dr. Keith Webb.

Jacob’s parent’s released a statement on Saturday after he died, in part thanking the teacher who was shot, Meghan Hollingsworth, for trying to save Jacob.

Full statement from Jacob’s family:

“Our son, Jacob Hall, who was shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday, died today surrounded by family at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. 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. Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him. 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. (Meghan) 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.”

– Renae and Rodger Hall

The other student was shot in the foot and Hollingsworth was shot in the shoulder, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Both were released from the hospital later the day of the shooting.

Deputies say there is no known relationship between the suspect and the victims.

Friday, an Anderson County judge charged the teen with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Once the results of an autopsy have been received, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Solicitor’s Office will meet to discuss any upgrading of charges against the teen, officials said.

“We have all been affected by this terrible event,” Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jacob’s family during this difficult time.”

The suspect is home-schooled and is not a student at any school in the Anderson County School District.

A family friend says he was expelled from his school last year for bringing a hatchet to school and attacking a child.

Deputies say they were on-scene within seven minutes and the suspect was apprehended on the school grounds before 2 p.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday to determine Jacob’s cause of death.

— WSPA-TV contributed to this report

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