What This 15 Year Did Has Made Him A Hero

15 Year Old Hero

15-year-old Zaevion Dobson of Knoxville, TN was killed during a shooting that happened in the Lonsdale neighborhood. Witnesses claim that the attackers were firing their weapons randomly, and that Dobson threw himself bodily over the three girls that were near him, taking the gunfire that could have hit them onto himself.

Shortly after 10 in the evening, responding officers found the teen had been fatally shot, but nobody else had been hurt. Dobson has been declared a hero by the community for sacrificing himself to save others, but people who know him say that helping others is a characteristic that the teen already had.

ABC affiliate WATE6 reported Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said Dobson was dedicated to sports, but was also a mentor to others through the organization 100 Black Men of the Knoxville, TN Chapter. 100 Black Men’s mission statement is to “improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African-Americans.”

Fulton football coach Rob Black said Dobson was, “only a sophomore, but a very contagious young man who was very well liked by his peers and teachers,” and who had a positive impact on his peers.

Dobson’s friend, Zyria Wells, said, “He was a really good spirit. He was a really good person. He was the kind of guy you want to be friends with.”

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for the dead teen, with some placing candles into the shape of Dobson’s jersey number, 24. The community is still reeling and trying to understand the events that led to this tragedy.

According to Knoxville police, the shooting of 15-year-old Dobson was a part of multiple shootings that occurred that night.

Though the investigation is still under way, police say the violence began at approximately 7:18 p.m. when they responded to a ‘shots fired’ call at the home of 46-year-old Lisa Perry. Perry was hit more than once in her lower back, and was transferred to a local medical center with non-life threatening injuries. The ten-year-old child who was also in the residence was not harmed during the shooting.

Later that night, at approximately 10:12 p.m., police believe that Lisa Perry’s son, 23-year-old Brandon Perry, joined other unidentified males and, in retaliation for the earlier attack on his mother, fired multiple times into a crowd on Badgett Drive. It was at that point that Zaevion Dobson was hit by gunfire and died while using his body to protect three girls.

The police were next notified of suspect Brandon Perry’s activities after a 2002 BMW crashed into a building at the Green Hill Apartments. The driver was Brandon Perry, and police believe that he was shot prior to crashing the car. Perry was transferred to the same medical center that his mother had been taken to earlier, but succumbed to his wounds at about 6 a.m. the following morning. Responding officers were able to apprehend two males who attempted to flee the scene.

One of the men was questioned and released, but the other, 20-year-old Christopher Bassett, has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, violation of probation, with more charges pending. He is currently being held without bond.

Knoxville police are unsure of who exactly shot Brandon Perry before the BMW crashed, and have not ruled out gang activity as having a part to play in the shootings.

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