Dad with tot in car killed after refusing to give carjackers keys

A Philadelphia father was killed by carjackers while protecting his daughter, refusing to give up his keys while the 2-year-old was in the backseat.

Gerard Grandzol was returning home Thursday evening with his little girl and dog when two men tried to rob him, police said.

The 38-year-old gave the assailants his wallet but would not give his keys because his daughter was still in the SUV, Police Capt. John Ryan said, according to WPVI.

Grandzol was reportedly shot at least once in the face, with emergency responders finding his daughter crying in the backseat as they tried to save him.

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Gerard Grandzol, 38, was shot and killed after refusing to give up his car keys because his daughter was in the backseat.


He died later at a local hospital.

The robbers fled on foot and had not been found as of Friday night.

Grandzol, who worked as an executive at a recruiting service and was active in his neighbor civic association, had also just welcomed another daughter six weeks ago, according to a statement from his family.

A Facebook page called “Remembering Gerard Grandzol” saw friends and relatives share stories about the heroic father.

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Two men allegedly demanded Grandzol’s car keys before shooting him.


“Still in shock. I can’t believe I will never get to backpack, fish, ride, snowboard with Gerry again. Most of all, I won’t be able to see him being a loving father and husband,” Rich Grandzol posted on the page.

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