8 year old Boy mudered trying to protect his 12 year old sister being raped by a teenage boy

Fearless: An 8-year-old Virginia boy identified as Martin Cobb was beaten to death trying to defend his older sister from a rapist
A community in Richmond, Virginia, is reeling
after an eight-year-old boy was beaten to death while trying to protect his 12-year-old sister from a rapist.
The boy, identified as Martin Cobb, was
pronounced dead at the scene in the 200 block of Brandon Road Thursday night.
His sibling, whose name is not being released
because of her age and the nature of the crime, was taken to a hospital.
Police have since apprehended the suspect, who turned out to be a black teenager. Initially, the victim described her assailant as a white man with scraggly facial hair, the local station WWBT
reported.
Investigators later determined that the suspect had threatened to kill the 12-year-old girl if she provided police with accurate information about him.
The teenager is currently being evaluated at
Tuckers Psychiatric Clinic in Richmond as police are preparing to charge him with murder and assault.
At around 6.30pm Thursday, the brother and
sister were playing by the train tracks near their home when a stranger approached the 12-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her and slashed her face, the kids’ aunt and stepfather told WRIC.
Too young: Martin’s family say the little boy
(pictured) tried to intervene in an effort to
protect his big sister, at which point her
assailant threw a rock at his head, killing him on the spot
When her 8-year-old brother tried to intervene, the teenage attacker allegedly turned on him, throwing a rock at his head. Martin died instantly.
‘To have the courage to defend his sister as if he was a grown man,’ neighbor Sudan Aunu told Richmond Times Dispatch. ‘His sister is alive today because of him.’
Police responded to the scene a short time later after someone saw the 12-year-old girl running naked and covered in blood out of the nearby woods.
Both siblings attended Redd Elementary School, where grief counselors were brought in to help students and staff deal with the traumatic event.
Pastor Dr. Theodore Hughey, of the Abundant
Life Church, said little Martin and his sister were inseparable and were a constant presence at the house of worship.
‘You saw one. The other was there. They were
never apart,’ Hughey said.
Mother was seen Crying at the scene of the incident

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