Zaevion Dobson, 15, is being hailed as a hero for his actions in what police are calling a gang-related shooting Thursday night.
Zaevion Dobson jumped on top of three girls to shield them from the bullets. Dobson was killed, but Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said despite youth violence, Dobson was a success story.
Rogero said Zaevion Dobson, a football player and sophomore at Fulton High School was not only involved in sports, but was a mentor to others through the 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville chapter. The organization’s purpose it to serve as a catalyst to empower African American and other minority youth to reach their full potential.
Rob Black, Zaevion Dobson’s coach, said he was “only a sophomore, but a very contagious young man who was very well liked by his peers and teachers.” Black, who also spoke at the press conference met with members of the Fulton High School Football team 11:30 p.m. Friday to talk about the shooting of their teammate.
“It’s going to be a tough time here as we leave from here and go meet with our football players,” said Black. “Probably 80 young men who are having to deal with this now.”
Black asked for prayers, not only for the Dobson family, but for Zaevion Dobson’s football family and for Fulton High School. “This is a fine, fine young man who is a success story,” he said. “And and I want to try to continue to celebrate the life that he had here and the impact that he made on his peers.”
Knoxville’s police chief was emotional as he described what happened.
“Zaevion Dobson a 15-year-old Fulton High School student and football player was struck and killed after he had jumped on top of three girls to shield them…from the shooters,” said Chief David Rausch.
Police say the man who fired the shots that killed Zaevion Dobson was 23-year old Brandon Perry, who also died.
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