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Police arrest brothers, one 16, and charge them with killing dad in front of toddler as he tried to protect her: UPDATE

Pennsylvania police have arrested two brothers in connection with the shooting death of a Philadelphia man, as reported by NY Daily News.

Maurice Roberts, 21, and Marvin Roberts, 16, have both been placed under police custody and charged with the murder of 38-year-old Gerard Grandzol, which allegedly occurred during an attempted carjacking, authorities note.

Marvin is alleged to be the person who actually shot Grandzol in the face as he rushed to protect his 2-year-old daughter, according to Metro.

The brothers allegedly approached Grandzol and his toddler outside of the 38-year-old’s home on Thursday evening, demanding his wallet and car keys. That’s when things took a turn for the deadly, investigators say.

“The 16-year-old just stepped up to Mr. Grandzol and shot him twice in the head,” Philadelphia Police Captain John Ryan told reporters.

Grandzol’s daughter remained unharmed throughout the ordeal, as previously reported by CrimeOnline. The suspects immediately fled the scene but were captured by Philadelphia police officers on Saturday.

The brothers had previous criminal records, police noted, adding that the older Roberts has been arrested about seven times. It is unclear if Maurice will face the exact charges as Marvin, as the younger Roberts is alleged to have actually pulled the trigger.

In addition to his toddler daughter, Grandzol and his wife had an infant child, reportedly born in late July. The 38-year-old was a well respected member of the community, with neighbors saying they felt “fortunate” to count him as a friend.

The family has set up a GoFundMe in order to help support Grandzol’s other child and widow.

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