Mom of 6-Year-Old Shooting Victim Speaks of Forgiveness as She Faces Our Nightmare

Jacob Hall's mom didn't start the week hurriedly packing lunch and tying shoes to send her baby off to kindergarten. Instead she's remembering the boy she loved who was taken from her by a senseless school shooting -- and trying to forgive.


Jacob's big brother shared this photo on Facebook over the weekend, showing a little boy wrapped in love -- a little boy who would die of the wounds he received after being shot on the playground of his South Carolina school.

And on Sunday, Renae Hall took questions from reporters outside of that same hospital. She called her son a "superhero" and said she knows what Jacob would want her to do.

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"Jacob was forgiving," she said, according to People. "What happened to Jacob, Jacob forgives already. He's in heaven smiling down at us. He's asking his mommy to be able to be strong to forgive just like he would have."

She talked about his first weeks of life struggling as a preemie, and the big dreams she had for her baby boy.

"He was going to make a difference in this world," she said. "He was going to show people how we were brought to this world to love each other, not to hate."

Here's more from Jacob's mom:

And now, through his devastated mother, Jacob's memory will be one of grace and forgiveness. But it begs the question: If a mother whose child was brutally stolen from her can focus on kindness and forgiveness, what's our excuse?

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For Renae, she said it took the loss of her son to be reminded of the kindness that exists in this world and the goodness of people:

There's good people in this world, and it took my son's death for me to realize that there are still good people in this world, because I had gave up. I stopped watching the news because I hated to watch every day that somebody was killed on the news, hated that. And Jacob's death showed that wasn't what the world's about. The world's about people coming together in a time of crisis and helping people that they don't even know get by.

It's a heartbreaking reminder that we shouldn't wait until our friends' and neighbors' worst moments to show them kindness and care. Let's take opportunities every day to show people just a small amount of concern. We don't have to wait until the sky is falling to reach out and offer a bit of help. It's the least we could do to honor a little boy and his family who have lost so much.

There's plenty to disagree over in this world, particularly during this caustic election season. But it's time for mothers to get mad and demand something be done about school violence -- now, today.

We have to come together as communities and as mothers to find a way to stop violence in our schools. We need sensible legislation to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. We need more  security and mental health services in our schools. We need more kindness and forgiveness for our kids. We don't just owe it to each other to do a better job at creating safer schools, we owe it to our children.

We can, and must, do better.

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Jacob's funeral will be "superhero" themed and Jacob will be dressed as his favorite, Batman. Pallbearers and guests have been invited to dress up too, in a fitting celebration of a little boy's life cut short.


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