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8-year-old boy murdered while trying to save his sister from teen rapist

By Mason White 11:31 AM May 4, 2014
Martin Cobb 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A little boy is dead after he tried to save his older sister from a teen rapist, police in Virginia said.

Richmond Police said that 8-year-old Martin Cobb, died on Thursday.

On Saturday, police arrested a 16-year-old boy, who was accused of killing Martin Cobb and choking his sister. The 12-year-old sister survived the attack.

Police did not name the suspect because he is a minor. Authorities have said that both Martin and his sister were assaulted during the incident on Thursday around 6:30 p.m., near their home, which is located in the 200 block of Brandon Road.

Martin’s sister is currently at a hospital with injuries that are not life threatening. Martin died after suffering a serious head injury during a struggle with the rapist.

An online petition aimed at the White House, was launched requesting that Martin be recognized for his heroism. People close to the victims said that the suspect lives in the area.