A 15-year-old high school football star was killed while shielding girls from gunfire during a shooting spree.
Zaevion Dobson was with a few friends on Thursday, when a group of men approached them and began firing their guns at the group of teenagers.
According to Dobson’s brother, Zach, the teens were just sitting on the porch around 10pm.
“I’m shocked. I’m really just shocked. I can’t believe it, can’t get it across my head,” Zack Dobson said. “We were just sitting on the porch chillin’, and we see these random dudes walking up.”
Zaevion jumped on top of three girls to protect them from the gunfire. He was the only one hit.
The incident was part of an incident that happened earlier that night.
At around 7:18 p.m. ET, Knoxville police said, shots were fired at a house with two people inside: 46-year-old resident Lisa Perry and an unnamed 10-year-old.
Hours later, Perry’s son, Brandon Perry, 23, and other men drove to another neighborhood in Knoxville and “randomly fired multiple times into a crowd,” police said.
Brandon Perry was eventually shot by police while driving a BMW. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, which he later died of, police said.
The other suspect, Christopher D. Bassett, 20, is being held without bond.
We want you to know that Zaevion was an outstanding young man who will always be remembered as a hero. pic.twitter.com/h7qlV1D9zO
— Fulton Football (@FultonFootball) December 18, 2015
President Obama has called Zaevion a hero on social media:
Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What's our excuse for not acting? https://t.co/hn98uGsjKZ
— President Obama (@POTUS44) December 20, 2015