Carjackers shoot father in front of toddler

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A Philadelphia dad had just taken his little girl and the family dog to play frisbee. The family was driving home when they were confronted by two thugs last Thursday.

One man demanded that Gerard Grandzol, 38, hand over his wallet, but that wasn’t enough for them: They wanted his car, as well.

According to police, Grandzol insisted on taking his 2-year-old daughter out of it before giving the thieves the keys, and that’s when one of them shot him twice in the head as his daughter looked on.

Grandzol died later that night at Hahnemann University Hospital.

“This is just not fair, that this is how he died,” the victim’s widow, Kristin Grandzol, told KYW Newsradio. “He was just the best father to our two girls that you could even imagine. He was welcoming to everyone in the neighborhood. Everybody loved him and he was just the best.”

The couple had just welcomed a new baby into the family six weeks ago.

“Those two gunshots just destroyed my life and my two daughters don’t have a father now,” said Grandzol. “I have a 6-week-old daughter and a two-and-a-half-year-old who saw the whole thing, and I don’t know if she’ll ever be right.”

Maurice Roberts, 21, of Philadelphia, and his 16-year-old brother are now in custody, police said, noting that the teen, whose name was not released, was the shooter.

A police source with knowledge of the investigation identified the teen as Marvin Roberts.

At a briefing Saturday night, Homicide Capt. John Ryan said the teen was believed to be the only suspect armed, and that he had a 9mm handgun.

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

A neighbor portrayed Grandzol as “continually grinning.”

“We will miss him so, beyond a reasonable doubt,” neighbor Yee Wan told reporters. “He was an astonishing individual.”

The siblings had past criminal records, police stated, including that the more seasoned Roberts was captured around seven times.

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