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8-Year-Old Boy Killed as He Tried to Protect His 12-Year-Old Sister from Rapist



Richmond, Virginia police report that 8-year-old Martin Cobb was murdered while trying to protect his sister from a rapist.

Witnesses told reporters that Martin was hit on the head with a brick by the attacker.

Pastor Theodore Hughey of the Abundant Life Church said Martin and his sister were inseparable and always in and out of the church.

Neighbor Markeita Boyd described the boy as a “a happy child, full of life, full of joy. The neighborhood loved him. He wasn’t even two feet tall.”

A teenage boy has been detained by police in Richmond in connection with an alleged assault of a young girl and the murder of her little brother.

Police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said the teenager was being medically evaluated Friday, and police planned to charge him in the attacks.

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