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Community comes out to vigil honoring Marty Cobb

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Prayers and songs provided comfort to the hundreds of people who came out to a vigil remembering 8-year-old Martin "Marty" Cobb, who was killed Thursday evening while trying to protect his sister from a sexual assault.

City leaders, community activists, and school representatives came out Saturday night with one clear message, "unity in the community."

"We are standing with you.  There is no lesson in the schoolhouse that teaches us to get through something like this,' Shonda Harris-Muhammed said.

Police have arrested and charged a 16-year-old with killing Marty and strangling his 12-year-old sister.

 "My grand kids are the same age almost and it just hurts.  I've been hurting for the last few days since it happened.  My heart goes out to the family," Irene Giles said.

Touched by Marty's bravery--Irene Giles and her grandson came from Petersburg with a toy truck as gift for Marty .

"He said 'Nana, can I give him my truck' and I said if you want to and he said 'I want to.'" Giles said.

Though Marty is gone, his courageous efforts will live on through the many lives he has touched--not just in his South Richmond neighborhood, but millions across the country.

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