Teen Indicted For Murder Of 8-Year-Old Boy Who Died Trying To Save His Sister From Being Sexually Assaulted

Source: Family photo via CBS 6

Mairese Washington, 16, of Virginia has been indicted by a grand jury on second-degree murder charges in relation to the killing of 8-year-old Martin “Marty” Cobb, CBS 6 reports. Family members say that little Marty murdered while trying to protect his 12-year-old sister, who was being sexually assaulted by Maitrese.

The teen was arrested two days after the May 1 incident. Last month, a judge ruled that Mairese would be tried as an adult for Marty’s death. Earlier today, he was officially charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding and strangulation. Sadly, it seems that this wasn’t the first time the troubled teen has been accused of attacking a child. Another mom in the Richmond area revealed that she also had Mairese arrested for attacking her three-year-old son with a hammer back in 2010.

“You’re the man of the house. Protect the ladies. He tried to protect his sister,” Marty’s heartbroken mother, Sharain Spruill, told WRIC. “He tried to protect his sister and he got killed.”

“He was a happy child,” she sadly continued.

Pastor Theodore Hughey, who says he knows both the victims and the suspect, says he’s confused by the senseless acts of violence.

“I could not grasp why anything of this nature would take place, and I even ask the question, ‘Why?'” he said. “The only thing I could say is mercy be shown to him; I don’t know what provoked him.”

He adds that Marty and his big sister were inseparable.

“You never saw one without the other,” he said. “Even if they rode a bicycle, both of them were on the same bicycle. So, you couldn’t get them apart from each other.”

“For something like this to happen, it’s really shaken the entire community,” Theodore continued. “Whatever areas we have to help [the family] with, we’re going to be there for them.”

We send our prayers to the families impacted by the terrible tragedy.

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