Emotional scenes as heroic boy, 8, who was beaten to death as he tried to stop teen rapist from attacking his sister is laid to rest

  • The funeral for Marty Cobb, 8, was held at Mimms Funeral Home on Friday
  • The 12-year-old sister that Cobb died trying to protect was unable to come to her brother’s funeral because of her case with the Department of Social Services
  • Mother Sharain Spruill revealed that her son’s accused killed carried her daughter to her home, claiming a white man was to blame
  • The 16-year-old boy is accused of assaulting Spruill’s daughter and bashing her son to death

The funeral for 8-year-old Marty Cobb took place at Mimms Funeral Home. Cobb was reportedly buried in a new suit, along with a bag of potato chips and a teddy bear,WTVR says.

The funeral, filmed by WWBT, showed packed rows of mourners, and purple and white flowers near the young boy’s casket.

The 12-year-old sister that Cobb died trying to protect was unable to come to her brother’s funeral – and has not been back to her home since the assault because of her case with the Department of Social Services, according to an earlier report by the station.

‘She ain’t going to be able to come to her brother’s funeral,’ mother Sharain Spruill told the station on Thursday. ‘That’s wrong.’

A mother's grief: Sharain Spruill, is consoled by a friend at the funeral of Spruill's son, Martin Cobb, 8, at Mimms Funeral Home in Richmond on Friday

A mother’s grief: Sharain Spruill, is consoled by a friend at the funeral of Spruill’s son, Martin Cobb, 8, at Mimms Funeral Home in Richmond on Friday

Saying goodbye too soon: Sharain Spruill, left, stands at the casket of  her son, 8-year-old Martin Cobb, holding his toy truck during her son's funeral at Mimms Funeral Home on Friday

Saying goodbye too soon: Sharain Spruill, left, stands at the casket of her son, 8-year-old Martin Cobb, holding his toy truck during her son’s funeral at Mimms Funeral Home on Friday

Mourners: Friends and family of slain 8-year-old Martin Cobb grieve and console each other at the 8-year-old's funeral at Mimms Funeral Home on Friday

Mourners: Friends and family of slain 8-year-old Martin Cobb grieve and console each other at the 8-year-old’s funeral at Mimms Funeral Home on Friday

Hero: 8-year-old Marty Cobb, pictured, reportedly was killed while trying to fight off a 16-year-old boy from raping his 12-year-old sister

Hero: 8-year-old Marty Cobb, pictured, reportedly was killed while trying to fight off a 16-year-old boy from raping his 12-year-old sister

On Thursday, Cobb’s actions were even praised on Capitol Hill by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

‘At 8 years old, he may have been small in stature, some say he looked no older than 4 or 5, but in his last moments, Martin showed he was a bigger man than most men ever dream to be,’ he said, according to NBC12.

Sharain Spruill earlier revealed on Monday more horrific details of the night she lost her brave boy.

Spruill recounted the horrifying moment on May 1 when a 16-year-old boy carried her bloody daughter, 12, to her home claiming she and little Marty Cobb had been attacked by a white man.

But it was that same boy, whose name has not been released, who’s now been formally charged with strangling Marty and beating him to death, possibly with a brick.

Marty Cobb honored as hero during funeral service
Marty Cobb honored as hero during funeral service
Mommy's hero: Sharain Spruill, whose daughter was allegedly raped and son was killed last week (shown here at a May 3 vigil) revealed Monday that the suspect initially told her that a white man was to blame for the attacks

Mommy’s hero: Sharain Spruill (left), whose daughter was allegedly raped and her son Marty Cobb (right) killed last week (shown here at a May 3 vigil) revealed Monday that the suspect initially told her that a white man was to blame for the attacks

The new details came Monday as Spruill addressed reporters and community members outside the Richmond house Marty once called home and described her daughter’s horrified tears as she revealed the boy was dead.

Family and friends say are hailing Martin as a hero, saying he tried to protect his big sister.

‘As soon as he could talk, I told (him) he’s the man of the house. That’s what he did. He’s a hero,’ his mother told The Associated Press. ‘I told him he’s the man of the house.’

His mother, sitting on the front steps of her home, said her son was a second grader and ‘a mama’s boy’ who didn’t talk much to other people. His tiny stature masked a fighting spirit, she said.

A few feet away in the front yard, a memorial carried that message, saying in part: ‘A Real Hero Lived, Fought and Died Here.’The wooden sign was draped with the boy’s parka, surrounded by stuffed animals and toys.

His mother said her son had open-heart surgery when he was 3 months old and doctors said he wasn’t going to make it.

Neighbor Andrew Patillo, said the boy looked more like he was 4 or 5 years old.

‘He had a big heart to be that small,’ Patillo said.

Tragic: Sharain Spruill, the mother of Martin Cobb, is surrounded by family during his prayer vigil on Saturday
Tribute: Diamonte Scott, six, stands with his grandmother Irene Giles during a prayer vigil on Saturday for Martin Cobb, the eight-year-old who was killed trying to defend his 12-year-old sister against a sexual assault

Tribute: Diamonte Scott, six, stands with his grandmother Irene Giles during a prayer vigil on Saturday for Martin Cobb, the eight-year-old who was killed trying to defend his 12-year-old sister against a sexual assault

She said she was sitting outside her Richmond home Thursday when a 16-year-old neighbor walked into the front yard carrying her daughter, weeping and wearing only a T-shirt, on his back. The teenager, who is black, told her a white man had attacked the girl.

The girl also initially blamed a white man and said he had raped her.

The boy appeared at an initial court hearing on Monday in which a judge deemed he would remain in custody.

While he’s currently being detained as a juvenile, he will likely be tried as an adult.

Martin Cobb was reportedly hit in the head with a brick during the attack near their home on Thursday, neighbors told The Richmond Times Dispatch.

Richmond Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary E. Langer said she could not confirm a brick was used but police told her Martin suffered severe head trauma.

The 12-year-old girl was taken to a hospital, but her injuries were not released by police.

‘As far as I know, she’s doing fine. She’s doing better. She’s OK,’ the siblings’ aunt Geraldine Pitchford told the newspaper.

Heartbreaking: Children weep during a prayer vigil for Martin Cobb on Saturday

Heartbreaking: Children weep during a prayer vigil for Martin Cobb on Saturday

Too young: Martin's family say the little boy (pictured) tried to intervene in an effort to protect his big sister when he was killed

Too young: Martin’s family say the little boy (pictured) tried to intervene in an effort to protect his big sister when he was killed

The alleged attacker was yesterday charged with murder and strangulation, police said in a news release.

Authorities said he intimidated and threatened the girl and she initially gave authorities the wrong description of her attacker.

Police did not immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press.

Authorities were not identifying the teen because of his age. The AP also generally does not identify juveniles charged with crimes.

Pitchford described Martin as warm-hearted and friendly and said he was often playing with his sister outside.

‘I’m proud of him. I’m proud that he stuck up for his sister. He did what he was taught,’ she said.

Pastor Dr. Theodore L. Hughey of the Abundant Life church said the boy, also known as ‘Marty’ and ‘Little Martin,’and his sister were inseparable and ‘always in and out’ of the church.

‘You saw one. The other was there. They were never apart,’ Hughey said.

Heartbroken: The children's mother was seen at the crime scene in tears

Heartbroken: The children’s mother was seen at the crime scene in tears

Tragic: Acommunity in Richmond, Virginia, is reeling after Martin Cobb, eight, was beaten to death while trying to protect his 12-year-old sister from a rapist on Thursday

Tragic: A community in Richmond, Virginia, is reeling after Martin Cobb, eight, was beaten to death while trying to protect his 12-year-old sister from a rapist on Thursday

Hundreds of people attended a vigil for Martin on Saturday night.

‘He had a heart of a lion,’ said neighbor Andrew Patillo. ‘He stood so tall, to be so small.’

Before the vigil began, loved ones gathered around a sign in Martin’s yard near the church.

‘Martin: A real hero lived, fought and died here,’ the sign said.

Praying: A young boy folds his hands in prayer during a prayer vigil for Martin Cobb at Abundant Life Church on Richmond's south side on Saturday

Praying: A young boy folds his hands in prayer during a prayer vigil for Martin Cobb at Abundant Life Church on Richmond’s south side on Saturday

Suffering: Sharain Spruill, whose daughter was allegedly raped and son was killed on Thursday, grieves at her son's prayer vigil on Saturday

Suffering: Sharain Spruill, whose daughter was allegedly raped and son was killed on Thursday, grieves at her son’s prayer vigil on Saturday

 

COMMENT

It is interesting how race creeps into these things with initial blame for the alleged rape being directed at some phantom white man. However, the gender issue is a stronger angle.

Martin Cobb, a clearly remarkable and brave boy, was prepared to sacrifice himself to protect a female sibling. His mother said he had been taught, but there is more to it than that. In many males, the instinct to protect and self sacrifice is ingrained as part of the plus side of masculinity. It was something that was always celebrated by the wider community until the dark age of feminism turned everything into patriarchal oppression. It is one of the reasons why regressive feminism that turns all females into victims needs to be cast into the dustbin of bad ideas.  

The turn out and volume of respect that has been showered on this little hero demonstrates how that respect for innate masculine courage is still recognized in most people. There exists a sense of honour and natural courage in males that little Martin exemplified and which very much present in male children as part of their biology. 

 


HAWAII VOLCANO PROMPTS NEW WARNING: HEED EVACUATION ORDER OR FACE ARREST

Desperate measures in effect as Kilauea continues to spew

As molten lava continued spewing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano Thursday, Hawaii County ordered all residents of a designated portion of the hard-hit Leilani Estates development to evacuate by Friday morning or face possible arrest.

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Big Island Mayor Harry Kim declared a roughly 17-block swath of the estates “off limits indefinitely” and gave residents 24 hours to get out by 12:06 p.m. local time Friday, Reuters reported.

 

Those remaining in the mandatory evacuation area beyond the deadline “do so at their own risk, with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond,” the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in a statement.

 

As molten lava continued spewing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano Thursday, Hawaii County ordered all residents of a designated portion of the hard-hit Leilani Estates development to evacuate by Friday morning or face possible arrest.

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim declared a roughly 17-block swath of the estates “off limits indefinitely” and gave residents 24 hours to get out by 12:06 p.m. local time Friday, Reuters reported.

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Due to the active volcanic eruptions, Mayor Kim has issued a mandatory evacuation order for Leilani Estates.

Those remaining in the mandatory evacuation area beyond the deadline “do so at their own risk, with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond,” the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in a statement.

The mandatory evacuation zone lies within a slightly larger area that was already under a voluntary evacuation order and curfew, Reuters reported.

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