15-year-old Zaevion Dobson was relaxing with friends on a porch in Knoxville, Tennessee this week when gunfire broke out. A group of men, led by 23-year-old Brandon Perry, had come to the neighborhood and “randomly fired multiple times,” according to Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. Dobson, in a split second, shielded the three girls next to him. “If it wasn’t for Zaevion, if he would have just ran off the porch, we would have probably been shot,” one of the girls told Local 8 Now. All three girls survived, Dobson died after being shot in the head. “Why would you shoot at random bystanders,” Zach Dobson, the victim’s brother who discovered his lifeless body after the confusion, said to WBIR-TV, according to the AP. “For nothing. We were just sitting there chilling.”
Dobson’s bravery was praised by President Barack Obama.
Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What's our excuse for not acting? https://t.co/hn98uGsjKZ
— President Obama (@POTUS44) December 20, 2015
Perry died the next day after he crashed a car into an apartment. “These cowardly and senseless acts of violence must stop,” Rausch said. “We should be preparing to celebrate the Christmas holiday, but now we have two men who are dead.”
Read the full story at the AP.