Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
A 15-year-old high school football star was killed while shielding three girls during a senseless shooting spree in Tennessee on Friday
Zaevion Dobson was with a few friends Thursday in his northern Knoxville neighborhood when a group of men approached them and began firing randomly into the crowd.
Dobson’s brother Zach said that he was among the group sitting on a porch just after 10 p.m. when they saw the men walking up to them.
“I’m shocked. I’m really just shocked. I can’t believe it, can’t get it across my head,” Zack Dobson said. “We were just sitting on the porch chillin’, and we see these random dudes walking up.”
Zaevion jumped on top of three girls to protect them from the gunfire. He was the only one hit.
"He died laying on top of me. I love him that's my brother man ?? rest easy zae ???? ILL NEVER FORGET YOU,” one of the girls tweeted after the tragedy.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said the violence started miles away when a 46-year-old woman named Lisa Perry was shot while inside her apartment.
She is expected to survive.
Rausch said Perry’s 23-year-old son, Brandon Perry, and several other men then drove to the neighborhood where Zaevion lived and “randomly fired multiple times” in a twisted retribution for the earlier bloodshed.
Brandon Perry was later found to have been shot after he crashed a car into another apartment. He died from his injuries.
Two other men who fled from the crash were arrested, though one was later released after being questioned.
Christopher D. Bassett, 20, was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon and probation violation, officials said.
Further charges may be added later and Bassett is being held without bond, cops said.
“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.”
Rausch said investigators think the shootings are gang-related, but he said there didn’t appear to be a motive to target Zaevion.
“Unfortunately, they picked a random group of young men and women who were just hanging out and trying to prepare to celebrate the holiday,” he said.