President Obama salutes HS football player who died shielding three others from gunshots

President Obama salutes HS football player who died shielding three others from gunshots

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President Obama salutes HS football player who died shielding three others from gunshots

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Zaevion Dobson impacted all of those who knew him. Sunday afternoon, President Obama expressed his condolences in a tweet.

 Dobson, a 15-year-old football player at Fulton High in Knoxville, Tenn., was with a group of people Thursday night when several men showed up and began randomly shooting, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said.
Zaevion Dobson, 15, died when he jumped on top of three girls to protect them from gunfire. (Submitted to WBIR)

Zaevion Dobson, 15, died when he jumped on top of three girls to protect them from gunfire. (Submitted to WBIR)

Dobson, called “Zae” by friends and family, jumped on top of three girls to protect them from the gunfire. He was the only one hit, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dobson was not only a budding football star at Fulton High School. He was also a riding leader both in his community, and within the group 100 Black Men of Knoxville.
“He was really one of our success stories,” said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “Involved in sports, a mentee of one of our organizations in town. But still he falls victim to this.”

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He was memorialized Friday night, a day after he was shot to death while trying to protect others from gunfire.

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A gofundme page has been set up in Zaevions honor.  If you would like to donate click on this link. https://www.gofundme.com/longlivezae

There has also been a scholarship fund set up to honor Zaevion. This fund will be used to give a scholarship to a deserving senior each year at Fulton High School.  You can donate here

 

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