Shots fired in South Richmond after vigil for Marty Cobb - WNEM TV 5

Shots fired in South Richmond after vigil for Marty Cobb

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond police raced down Brandon Road Saturday night responding to a reports of a fight and several shots fired.

The activity came in stark contrast to what took place just steps away about 90 minutes earlier, when a community came together to mourn the loss of Marty Cobb, who family members say died bravely trying to protect his sister.

Pastor Ted Hughey, who helped organize the vigil, was shocked that after preaching unity his message fell on a few deaf ears.

"I'm a little disturbed over it, because I was praying and hoping that because of the vigil it would give people the mind set that it is not really necessary to commit violence," he said.

While many say the area is not prone to violence, Richmond police are working to increase their presence. Marty's aunt Jacqueline Smith said she doesn't believe the altercation had ties to the vigil.

"I just think it was so many people. Someone saw something, saw someone, they didn't particularly care for and they used this. It was really disrespectful," she said.

On Saturday police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with Marty's death. Police charged the teen with murder and with strangling Marty's 12-year-old sister.

"The detectives did their job. They were all over it," Smith said.

A man who came to the door at the home of the teenage suspect declined to comment, only saying that the family now has to go through the legal process.

Back at Marty's home, a sign reads, "Martin, a real hero, lived, fought and died here." For family and neighbors, it's a reminder of the 8-year-old's courageous efforts. "I guess god wanted him more than we did," Smith said.

Click here for NBC12's complete coverage of Marty Cobb.

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