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Three-year-old killed by falling tree limb to be featured in Marvel comic book

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IRMO, SC (WIS) -

The rain didn't stop a celebration in an Irmo park Thursday evening.

Dozens if not hundreds showed up to remember 3-year-old Jacoby Latta who was killed by a falling tree branch at Irmo Community Park two months ago.

The day was a day of celebration, a day of remembrance, but a day that still evokes sadness and tears.

"When I saw the picture in the paper of Jacoby and that large smile, I remember thinking, 'Wow! How much joy in life and love did this little boy have?'" said Irmo Mayor Hardy King.

Two months ago, Latta was killed in the nearby playground. The young boy died after he was struck in the head by a falling tree limb when he and his family were on a church picnic.

"With it being the two month of him passing, you know, it's kind of hard for us to be here, but we do appreciate everyone who's been here. We appreciate all the support that we're getting," said Jasmine Hill-Latta, Jacoby's sister.

And there was a lot of support as part of the park, a brand new garden was dedicated to the 3-year-old.

"Our prayers is that God will use this garden dedicated to Jacoby to touch many lives," said Pastor Scott Kirkpatrick.

Jacoby's dad, Stuart Latta said it's a fitting tribute.

"Jacoby actually loved gardening," Stuart said. "You know, it was mentioned that Jacoby actually has a great smile, but every picture that we took with him out in the garden, I mean, his face really lit up. There's not one picture that we've taken where he's not smiling."

The family is still in shock and still trying to grieve.

But Jacoby's sister, Jasmine, says this garden will be a good place to visit.

"I want to keep honoring him and especially coming here," Jasmine said. "I definitely will be coming here. I feel like I'll come here probably more frequently than I have before."

A place that brought so much pain is now a place of comfort for so many.

A place to remember a life cut short.

Jacoby's father said the three-year-old loved Captain America, Iron Man, and all the Avengers and at the dedication, he shared some exciting news.

Latta said Jacoby will be featured in an upcoming comic-book soon to be released by Marvel.

Meanwhile, the mayor said after the incident, town workers removed other possibly unsafe branches and trees and they continue to do so when needed.

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