GASTON, SC (WLTX) - People all over the country and Midlands have been touched by the story of Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old who lost his life after being shot at his elementary school. Some of Jacob's family held a candlelight vigil for him at the Gaston Town Hall.
Shawn Cauble, one of Jacob's family members, wrote a letter to the family and read it aloud at the beginning of the vigil.
"Dear Roger and Renae, I am so sorry for your loss of your child. I know it must be heartbreaking so I'm sending you prayers from everywhere to hope it'll help you through all of these tough times..." Shawn Cauble said.
He began to cry, and his mother, Crystal Cauble helped him finish the letter.
"Sincerely with love, Shawn and Crystal's youngest," Crystal Cauble said.
When asked if the two boys were close, Crystal Cauble shook her head no.
"He's just sad that a little boy got his life taken... for no reason," Crystal said.
The family lit candles surrounded by Jacob's picture, had a moment of silence as music played, and Pastor Charles Sterling from Hidden Valley Baptist in Gaston said a few words and a prayer. Jacob's parents watched the vigil from Anderson County through Facebook live. The family mentioned the 14-year-old suspect and said they believe God will forgive him.
"I just hope that he realizes that he took an innocent life that only had six years to live," Crystal Cauble said. "He wasn't able to grow up with his siblings, he's not able to get married, he's not able to finish school, go to college. My family is going to miss all of those important events in any child's life. And my son, I mean... it's scary that kids are going to school and never know what's going to happen in school or as soon as they walk out the door."
The family took donations to help Jacob's parents with any expenses they have had to take on and just asks that the community keeps them in their prayers.