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2 Suspects Charged in Death of Tenn. Teen who Protected Friends from Gunfire


Two suspects have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Zaevion William Dobson, a Tennessee high schooler who jumped on top of his friends and shielded them from gunfire, saving their lives, CNN reports.

Christopher Bassett and Richard Williams both face multiple other charges, including the attempted murder of eight other people and are being held on $1 million bond, Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen said at a news conference.


According to the report, Dobson and his friends were sitting on the front porch of one of their relative’s house when the suspects approached.

“We were only there for like 15 minutes. We were just sitting there talking and laughing, and next thing you know, it’s like a couple of guys… they walk, they just stop, and they stand for awhile and we’re all trying to figure out like what’s going on, what they’re doing, who they are. They started shooting,” 17-year-old Faith Gordon, one of the teens who was saved by Dobson told the CNN affiliate WATE, according to the report.

Dobson, a 15-year-old sophomore high school football player, launched himself on top of his friend protecting three girls who were not injured in the tragic incident.

As CNN notes, Dobson’s final selfless act had him hailed a hero. President Barack Obama tweeted shortly after the teen’s death dubbing him “a hero at 15.” He was posthumously awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 EPSYS, the network notes.

Read more at CNN.

(originally from here)

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