So sad, 15 year old Zaevion Dobson killed shielding 3 girls from bullets! This young man is a True Hero! May God bless his soul! R.I.P
We have to stop killing each other, this child had dreams & a promising future only to have his dreams & innocent life taken away from him over Stupid crimes!
A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening. Dozens came out to celebrate the teenager's life, some placing candles in the shape of the number 24, his jersey number.
Dobson's brother Zach shared the last moments he had with his brother after the shooting. "I found him on the porch and I picked him up and he was laying in my hands dead," he told WATE.
Friend Jaylin Posey said Dobson's actions were heroic. "It was good to know he was willing to protect others, but then it was sad he had to give up his own life for it," he said.
The girls were not injured, according to Knoxville police. One of the suspects died from a gunshot wound late that evening, although not all the details are clear. Two others were arrested; the investigation is still ongoing.
There were three overnight shootings in Knoxville the evening of Dobson's death. They may have been connected, according to police.
Two girls spoke to CNN affiliate WVLT about the shooting. "If it wasn't for Zaevion, if he would have just ran off the porch, we would have probably been shot," Kiara Rucker said.
Faith Gordon said by the time the shooting was over she told the teen he could get up, but he didn't. "So I just went upstairs, and by the time I came back to make sure everything was real, (I saw) he was shot in the head," Gordon said.
Dobson's brother said it was the teenager's dream to be a football player or a coach.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family lay the teenager to rest.
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