Cantor: Marty Cobb 'bigger man than most ever dream'

Rep. Eric Cantor honored 8-year-old Marty Cobb on the House floor Thursday.
Rep. Eric Cantor honored 8-year-old Marty Cobb on the House floor Thursday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - A Richmond 8-year-old boy, who relatives say died trying to defend his older sister from a sexual assault, was honored on the House floor Thursday by Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor called Marty Cobb's actions "heroic" and said he hoped and prayed Marty's "strength, his courage, and his spirit endure in each and every one of us."

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"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," said Cantor.

Cantor also asked Marty be honored by efforts to improve conditions for safer conditions in children's neighborhoods.

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"Let us also commit to honoring him by redoubling our efforts to foster safer neighborhoods and communities that produce more Martin's and less assailants," said Cantor. "Our children should be able to grow up enjoying childhood not fearing for their lives."

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Cantor represents Virginia's 7th congressional district, which is adjacent to Cobb's home. Cobb's neighborhood is represented by Bobby Scott.

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Family members and friends say Marty and his 12-year-old sister were playing in the backyard near their South Richmond home, when a 16-year-old attacked the pair. Relatives say Marty's sister was sexually assaulted and Marty was killed trying to defend her.

Marty's funeral is set for Friday at Mimm's Funeral Home in Richmond.

The 16-year-old suspect in the case remains in the juvenile detention center. His next scheduled hearing is May 20.

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