A father gave his life protecting his 2-year-old daughter after police say he was shot and killed during an attempted carjacking.
Police arrested a 16-year-old teen, accused of shooting Gerald Grandzol, and his 21-year-old brother, Maurice Roberts, who is said to be connected with the crime.
Grandzol of Philadelphia was returning home Thursday evening when police say he was robbed, WTXF reports. According to WCAU, Grandzol handed over his wallet, but refused to give them his key because his toddler daughter was still inside. That’s when police say the 16-year-old fatally shot him in the head and ran away.
The incident was caught on surveillance cameras, which led to the arrest of the two men.
“In almost 29 years it’s probably one of the most disturbing videos I’ve ever seen,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector James Kelly said.
WCAU reports Grandzol was an active member of his community.
“Gerry was loved by everyone who had the privilege to know him, not just as a colleague, but as a force of nature who loved life. We will always remember him as a leader, philanthropist, proud father, loving husband and good friend,” one friend said.
Grandzol is survived by his wife and two children. The family welcomed their second daughter just five weeks ago.