In a tragic twist to an already devastating story, the 12-year-old cousin of late Tennessee hero Zaevion Dobson was shot dead late Saturday after leaving a high school basketball game, which was itself ironically was dedicated to the fight against youth violence.
As reported by the Associated Press, Jajuan Latham, also of Knoxville, was shot and killed in his father’s car when a bullet from a drive-by struck him. The drive-by shooting came after an anti-violence basketball game at Fulton High, where Dobson starred before his untimely death saving female classmates during another drive-by. The game was hosted by former Tennessee star Bobby Maze — The Bobby Maze Celebrity Basketball Game — whose young cousin died four years due to gun violence.
According to Knoxville USA TODAY TEGNA partner WBIR, much of the larger Knoxville community came together to honor Latham’s memory at the park outside where the shots were fired that struck and killed the Bearden Middle Schooler.
There has been no word from Zaevion’s younger brother, Zack Dobson, who is still a football and basketball player at Fulton High. Zack Dobson recently spoke about the loss of his brother and the effect it had on him in an entry for RecruitDiaries.com that was also posted here at USATODAYHSS.com.