Garden dedicated to Richmond boy killed while protecting sister

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A day after Marty Cobb's killer was sentenced to 30 years behind bars, a garden was created in the 8-year-old's honor.

Marty's healing garden now stands at Redd Elementary School on the South Side, where he attended class. Now, Marty's legacy will shine even brighter through this garden.

More than 260 volunteers joined together on Thursday to build not only the garden, but a brand new playground. It's a garden nearly as beautiful as Marty's soul.

Prosecutors say Marty was killed just over a year ago, while trying protect his sister from an attack. The convicted murderer, Mairese Washington, took a plea deal just yesterday. The garden is for students, many who knew Marty, to reflect, imagine and play, just like Marty would have done. Marty's family showed overwhelming gratitude.

"I would just like to thank everyone who was responsible for this today and on behalf of the whole family, we'd just like to thank you," said Arleen Pitchford, Marty's aunt.

"We as a community are coming around one family who has lost someone very special…This is just a small token of what we feel," said volunteer Lamonn Lewis, who helped decorate the peaceful garden.

"Marty is Marty. His spirit is going to live on from the work you gave today," said Richmond School Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden.

A plaque in Marty's honor will also be placed in the garden. Several organizations came together to make the playground and garden a reality, with CarMax being a major contributor.

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