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article image8-year-old Killed While Defending His Sister from a Rapist

By W.V. Fitzgerald     May 3, 2014 in Crime
Richmond - 8-year-old Martin Cobb and his 12-year-old sister were playing when she was attacked. Martin was killed while attempting to defend his big sister.
Eight year old Martin Cobb is described as a happy child who loved to play with cars and collect keys, he was often seen playing with his 12 year old sister in their South Richmond neighborhood. Martin was in the first grade at Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School and was well known around the neighborhood. Now, Martin’s friends and family are mourning his loss and describing him as a hero.
Late Thursday afternoon Martin and his sister were playing along the rail road tracks that run behind their home when a teenage male approached them and attempted to sexually assault the 12 year old girl. Martin attempted to defend his sister: the suspect hit him in the head with what is believed to have been a brick killing him.
While speaking about Martin to the Richmond Times Dispatch neighbor Sudan Aunusaid:
“To have the courage to defend his sister as if he was a grown man, His sister is alive today because of him.”
Pastor Dr. Theodore L. Hughey describes Martin and his sister as in-separable:
“You saw one. The other was there. They were never apart,”
The police initially were given a description of an adult white male with scruffy facial hair but later determined that the 12-year-old victim had been threatened by the suspect and had given a false description out of fear that her family would be harmed. With help from neighbors they were able to identify a suspect who is described as a black teen male; his name has not been released.
Dionne Waugh, a spokeswoman for the Richmond police, told NBC News:
"The community's response has been tremendous, They played a very important role in gathering information to lead us to this point."
It can only be described as a tragedy that Martin’s life was cut short before it truly got started; Martin can only be described as a hero who died defending someone he loved.
A vigil will be held this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Abundant Life Church located at 201 Brandon Road.. A memorial fund called the Keys for Marty Foundation has been established; donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank branch.
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