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UPDATE HERE: Teenager held after nine-year-old boy killed ‘defending’ big sister

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- A teenage male is being medically evaluated as part of a homicide investigation is in its early stages. It's after an alleged assault on two children that left one dead, in South Richmond, near the 200 block of Brandon Road.

Police have warrants for the suspect's arrest who is being described as teenage black male.

Richmond Police on scene confirmed that two juveniles, under the age of 13 were assaulted, one who succumbed to his injuries. The other has been taken to the hospital.

Eight-year-old Marty Cobb (PHOTO: Cobb family)

Child killed in Richmond (PHOTO: Family photo)

The aunt of the juveniles told CBS 6 Reporter Jon Burkett that Thursday afternoon the two children, a brother and sister, were playing on the railroad tracks.

The aunt told CBS 6 that the children came across a man who attempted to rape the 12-year-old girl.

Her brother, age eight, attempted to intervene, the aunt said (original ages told to CBS 6 were 9 and 11, but family corrected their statement).

The boy was beaten to death attempting to save his sister, the aunt told CBS 6.

The original suspect description given was limited to a white male with scraggly hair. But during the course of the police investigation, that description changed to a teenage black male.

Police said the surviving victim was “threatened and intimidated by the suspect” into initially giving inaccurate information. The case remains under investigation and police have not yet spoken publicly about the circumstances that led to the the child's death.

The railroad tracks run behind Brandon Road, about three blocks off of E. Belt Boulevard. K-9 units were running along the tracks, which head towards Southside Plaza.

City leaders and faith leaders rushed to the scene when the news spread.

The community came out, holding hands and praying together. A neighbor told CBS 6 that the two kids were like "peas in a pod," and that they were always the first outside to play and the last to come inside.

The school for this area in the 5th District is Elizabeth D. Redd elementary school, and family friends say that is the school the children attend.

Richmond Public Schools confirmed that the boy attended Redd Elementary School and said that crisis counselors were on hand Friday.

If you have any information please contact Crimestoppers immediately at 780-1000

This is a developing story.

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  • Krista

    Why are these precious babies, at their age, playing on railroad tracks? This can be highly dangerous; how far where they away from home? Please keep your babies, even until 18, properly supervised and restrict their whereabouts to areas you have personally vouched for.

    • Courtney

      Are you serious? Shut up. They just suffered a huge loss. Get off your high horse and stop judging people. This is so sad. Prayers for this family and I hope they can catch the awful person who is responsible.

      • Just Sayin

        You shut up. There is NOTHING wrong with what she said. It’s the truth. SOME people don’t bother to do anything with their kids.

      • Norma Earls

        I completely agree w/ you, Courtney. People who appoint themselves parental authorities and start doling out unasked-for parental advice in the face of unspeakable tragedy are rude, inconsiderate and about as dumb as a box of rocks.

    • Courtney

      Well “just sayin'” my point was NOW is not the time to say something like that. Good grief.

  • latoya

    This is so sad what happen to this boy for tryna protect his sister my prayers are with the family

    • yoyo

      maybe you don’t buy the story because it didn’t happen in Northern,Va or Chesterfield where all the pedophiles and flashers live according to the marshals

    • Michael

      The story is not for sale. A kid has died at the hands of an adult, that’s the most important part of the story.

  • Edythe J Fair

    Proof that there is evil in the world. This man probably watched these children like a lion in the bush then pounced. This brave little man has more courage that MOST. So many stand by and allow evil to persist. Let this child’s life not be in vain. If he stood up to predators . We as a community MUST do so also. If not for anything. For this angel. Rest In Peace. True warrior. I pray this young lady gets the help she will need. And continues onto her journey to greatness. She MUST have a greater purpose.

  • Sheri Gardner

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. What a brave young boy he was.

  • Ron Melancon

    This is what exactly the death oenlity is set up for but all day long we the nutty liberal media the NBC news could talk about is the suffering a death row inmate had when he suffered for 45 minutes. He destroyed a young woman and he shot her and burried her alive and all the media did was goucsed on the inmate. When they find this sick freak he needs to be given the death oenlity for what he did period and the nutty liberal media can go stuck it

  • Rekula Tsuj

    My condolences and prayers go to the family of these children, and hope that the person responsible is brought to justice and taken off the streets before he targets another child in such a manner. This hits entirely too close to home seeing as I have kids of my own in those age ranges.

  • Brandi

    What a brave young man to stand up for his sister and protect her. Heaven will have a special place for him. May he rest in peace. Absolutely heart breaking. My condolences go out to the family.

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