A high school football player died while shielding three girls from gunfire during a random shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch broke down at a press conference discussing the young man’s heroism: “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…to shield them from the shooters.”
A teary-eyed and choked-up Rausch paused for several seconds before he could finish the sentence.
WATE-TV reports that “three males with possible ties to a gang fired into a crowd of kids preparing to celebrate the holidays.” The television station noted that Dobson “jumped on top of three girls to shield them from the bullets.”
he died laying on top of me . I love him that’s my brother man ❤️ rest easy zae ILL NEVER FORGET YOU
— faith. (@ovofaiith) December 18, 2015
“That speaks to his character,” Fulton High School principal Rob Speas noted about Dobson’s last gallant act. “As a sophomore, he was a leader. He was a kid that other kids wanted to be around.”