Batman Delivers Eulogy For South Carolina Shooting Victim
A man who spreads messages of anti-bullying while dressed as Batman recently did one of his greatest deeds yet.
John Buckland of West Virginia drove 7 hours to deliver the eulogy for little Jacob Hall.
Hall, 6, died last week during that scary Townville elementary school shooting in South Carolina.
Batman drove 400 miles in his Batmobile to lay one of South Carolina’s mightiest superheroes to rest.
John Buckland traveled from his home in West Virginia to Townville, S.C., to deliver a eulogy Wednesday for 6-year-old school shooting victim Jacob Hall. Buckland never met Jacob, but relatives’ stories of the affectionate, superhero-loving boy gave him enough material for his address.
“His purpose in this world was to share the world how to love and how to be kind,” Buckland told the Daily News in a phone call after he left the Wednesday service.
Through his charity Heros4Higher, Buckland travels around the county in his custom-built Batmobile delivering anti-bullying and anti-drug messages to kids.
After little Jacob’s family decided they’d hold a superhero-themed funeral for the first-grader, who died Saturday following a shooting at Townville Elementary School, a family-friend reached out to Buckland, he said.
They started talking about Jacob’s passion for helping others — he loved superheroes because of their good deeds, his family said — and Buckland agreed to come to the funeral in full Batman garb.
“I just realized this is something I needed to do,” he said
Buckland was also joined by WonderWoman, The Red Ranger and Superman at the funeral.
Jacob was dressed as Batman in his casket.
R.I.P. to Jacob. Kudos to these real life heroes for stepping in to pay their respects.
Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool