Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

2 brothers charged in shooting death of Spring Garden father

2 brothers charged in shooting death of Spring Garden father

The suspects were well known to police because of prior arrests, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. It is unclear if Maurice will face the exact charges as Marvin, as the younger Roberts is alleged to have actually pulled the trigger.

Police say the victim's 2-year-old daughter and the family dog were inside the vehicle when the shooting occurred. At that point, Grandzol was shot point blank in the head multiple times. Police said the teen, formally identified Monday as Marvin Roberts, was the shooter and has been charged as an adult with murder, robbery, carjacking and related offenses. His involvement included being a board member of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp.

Neighbor Ye Wan told the Inquirer that she saw Grandzol almost every morning walking with his dog and daughter on the block. "Those two gunshots just destroyed my life and my two daughters don't have a father now", widow Kristin Grandzol told KYW. He was welcoming to everyone in the neighbourhood.

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"He was always just so happy, ' she said, describing him as a 'fabulous person". His older brother, 21-year-old Maurice Roberts, is also in police custody.

"We blindly lost a attractive soul on September 7, who tragically gave his life to protect that of his 2-year-old daughter", the Gofundme page reads.

We are heartbroken to announce the tragic and senseless loss of our beloved father, son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin, and friend, Gerard Patrick Grandzol. He was often seen riding his bike from his home in Spring Garden to his office at Special Counsel, where he was a successful executive. "A husband and a father was murdered three block from my home", he said. Ger loved being a father to his two-year-old and six-week-old daughters and adored his wife of nearly two years. That's when things took a turn for the deadly, investigators say.

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A Facebook page titled "Remembering Gerard Grandzol", was set up for family and friends to share memories and photos.

A neighbor portrayed Grandzol as "continually grinning".

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