A 15-year-old high school football star was killed while shielding girls from gunfire during a shooting spree.

Zaevion Dobson was with a few friends on Thursday, when a group of men approached them and began firing their guns at the group of teenagers.

According to Dobson’s brother, Zach, the teens were just sitting on the porch around 10pm.

“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.

The incident was part of an incident that happened earlier that night.

At around 7:18 p.m. ET, Knoxville police said, shots were fired at a house with two people inside: 46-year-old resident Lisa Perry and an unnamed 10-year-old.

Hours later, Perry’s son, Brandon Perry, 23, and other men drove to another neighborhood in Knoxville and “randomly fired multiple times into a crowd,” police said.

Brandon Perry was eventually shot by police while driving a BMW.  He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, which he later died of, police said.

The other suspect, Christopher D. Bassett, 20, is being held without bond.

President Obama has called Zaevion a hero on social media:

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  • FragranceObsessed

    This gun violence…….

  • [email protected]

    The late Brother is a hero. Zaevion Dobson showed courage, respect, and compassion for black girls. His life is a living testament to the fact that we must defend our black people. The murderers involved should be prosecuted and sent into prison. One irritating thing is that some say that nothing can be done, which is a lie. Back decades ago, people said that man can’t go into the moon. Not only did man go into the moon, but humans have developed satellites to explore Saturn, Mars, Pluto, and other planets. Back centuries ago, people said that the Maafa will never end. Yet, the Maafa did end via the work of progressive activists. Therefore, we can do something to combat gun violence. The problem is that some people care more for guns than human lives. Some people act like a gun is a person instead of an object alone. When property is placed in a higher regard than human life, then we have a serious problem in America.

    *A 2006 study by Duke University’s Elizabeth Richardson Vigdor and James A. Mercy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at data from 1982 through 2002 covering 46 states and found that policies that prohibited people with a domestic-violence restraining order from owning a gun are associated with a 7 percent reduction in intimate-partner homicides. Another study, by Webster and Michigan State’s April M. Zeoli, analyzed a similar set of policies but used more fine-grain city-level data and a more robust set of controls. It concluded that such policies were associated with a 19 percent reduction in intimate-partner homicides.

    We know what works. There should be educational programs in gun safety, there should be investments in mental health, there should be an outright war on poverty including gentrification. Illegal gun markets and illegal gun trafficking should be attacked. The vast majority of Americans want to close the gun show loophole and want universal background checks. There should be more training services for those who use guns. The CDC should be called upon to create solutions in recommendations. This is a public health emergency in our land. There should be creative intervention and prevention programs in America too. So, yes we can do something.

  • binks

    Zaevion Dobson embodies the word heroic. I can’t even imagine what his family and friends are going through. It is such a damn shame that this child was was just 15 died heroically to save his friends when we and society should be protecting him.

  • Rissa

    This is incredibly sad.

  • Interested

    Half man half boy, never got to grow into a full man, but his greatness and bravery is his legacy and he stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of us humans.

    My consolesences to his family and may he be at peace.🙏🏾