Petition Seeks to Honor Heroic Boy Who Saved Sister

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    Courtesy of the victim's family, via WWBT

    A White House online petition to honor an 8-year-old boy hopes to recognize the heroism that cost him his life.

    Marty Cobb was killed while defending his 12-year-old sister from a suspect who was attempting to sexually assault her. The suspect struck the boy in the head with a brick and he died.

    The petition is asking the Obama administration to “recognize and award, posthumously” the young boy for his actions. Hundreds turned out for a vigil Saturday night in Richmond, Va.

    The suspect is a 16-year-old and is not being named by police at this time.

    You can electronically sign the petition at