Two Philadelphia brothers have been arrested for what police say was the utterly senseless murder of a father in front of his 2-year-old daughter. Police say the brothers approached 38-year-old Gerard Grandzol outside his residence Thursday and demanded his wallet and car keys after he returned from an outing with his daughter. He handed over his wallet, but was shot dead after apparently insisting on getting his daughter out of the car before giving the robbers his keys, Fox News reports. Police say he was shot twice in the face at point-blank range in front of his daughter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Maurice Roberts, 21, and his 16-year-old brother, Marvin, were arrested Saturday.
Police sources tell the Inquirer that the teenager was the one who shot Grandzol for not moving fast enough. Both brothers have criminal records and police say they lived "unsettled lives." Police say family members assisted the investigation. Grandzol was a popular community activist whose second daughter was born just six weeks ago. "Those two gunshots just destroyed my life and my two daughters don’t have a father now," widow Kristin Grandzol told KYW. The murder "really pulls at the heartstrings," Police Chief Inspector James Kelly said Saturday. "It's the senseless slaying of a father in front of his 2-year-old daughter. That shouldn't happen. That shouldn't happen to any family anywhere." (Read more Philadelphia stories.)