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2 charged in death of Va. man who shielded brother from gunfire

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Two teenagers have been charged with murder after an early morning robbery at a Petersburg, Va., apartment where a man says his older brother died shielding him from gunfire, reports CBS affiliate WTVR.

Officers responded to an emergency call just before 1 a.m. Sunday found 22-year-old DeShawn Shaw and his 20-year-old brother, Dontavia Shaw, suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. Paramedics took them to a nearby hospital, where DeShawn Shaw died. His younger brother suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators soon arrested 18-year-old Daekwon Castelle, as well as a 17-year-old boy. Both are facing homicide and robbery charges. They are being held without bond.

Family members remembered Deshawn Shaw as a young father who died trying to shield his brother from a barrage of bullets.

"I got shot first, my brother tried covering me," Dontavia Shaw said. "He got on top of me and was covering me up."

Police believe robbery was the motive.

"We were hanging out like teens do, chilling and gambling a little bit -- then things went downhill," Shaw said.

He also said he and his brothers were not friends with the suspects, but that they had met earlier that night.

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