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8-year-old boy killed trying to protect sister from rapist

Courtesy: WTVR from the victim's family

Courtesy: WTVR from the victim's family

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A young boy was killed Thursday evening while trying to protect his sister.

Friends and family members say the little boy was trying to defend his 12-year-old sister.

According to relatives, the sister and brother were playing near their backyard when they were approached by a stranger.

The little boy was hit in the head with a brick when he tried to protect his sister from the suspect.

He died as a result of his injuries.

The girl was raped and is now recovering in an area hospital.

WTVR says warrants have been obtained for a teenager believed to be connected to the attack.