US Teen Killed Protecting Three Girls From Shooter – Victim Of Senseless Violence

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15 year old high school football player Zaevion Dobson has been named a hero after he gave his life to save others. When he and his friends were targeted in a tragic, “senseless act of violence,” the young man threw his body over top of three girls that were with him, shielding them from the bullets being fired.

While hanging out with his brother, Zack Dobson, and some friends on a porch in Knoxville, several gunmen came out of nowhere and started shooting at the teenagers. Zaevion Dobson selflessly used his own body as a shield to protect the three girls that were with him.

As he flung his body over the girls in order to protect them, Zaevion was shot and killed. He did not give his life in vain, however, as he was the only one hit. His actions saved the lives of those three girls, even though it ended with the tragic loss of his own life.

Zaevion Dobson was described by the Knoxville Mayor, Madeline Rogero, as one of the town’s success stories. In the wake of the tragedy, she praised the teenager saying, “Involved in sports, a mentee of one of our organizations in town. But still he falls victim to this.”

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Zaevion’s brother, Zack, spoke of his brother and said “Zae, he was an awesome kid brother, awesome brother. Just know that I miss him. I miss my brother.”

Later, the shooting incident that took Zaevion Dobson’s life was connected to two others that happened during the same night. Lisa Perry, 46, was shot in her home by her 23 year old son, Brandon Perry, and is now in the hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

After shooting his mother, Brandon Perry and several other men drove around shooting randomly. It was then that they drove through the Dobsons’ neighborhood and shot Zaevion.

Brandon Perry died of gunshot wounds himself after crashing a car into an apartment. Two other men who were involved in the crash were arrested; Christopher D. Bassett, 20, was charged for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and violation of probation, and the second man was released after questioning. Bassett is being held without the possibility of bail.

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