Boy, 8, Killed While Defending 12-Year-Old Sister From Sex Assault

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Police in Virginia on Saturday arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of killing a boy half his age, who family and neighbors said was killed trying to rescue his older sister from a sexual assault.

Martin Cobb, 8, was killed on Thursday while trying to protect his 12-year-old sister from being assaulted. (Credit: WTVR)

The Richmond Police Department did not identify the suspect, citing his age, but said he was charged with murder and strangulation. He is also suspected of attacking the girl, who family members said is 12 years old.

Her 8-year-old brother was remembered by hundreds of people at a candlelight vigil Saturday night. Amid tears and laughter brought on by positive memories, family and friends described the boy  and his sister as an inseparable pair. They’d go to the mall, ride bikes and were equally loyal to their mother.

Police officials said they were amazed by how many people came to the vigil.

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