Zaevion Dobson’s Brother Retells Finding The Heroic Teen Dead After Alleged Gang Shooting

By Emma Kerr

As the trial of three suspects who allegedly shot Zaevion Dobson in 2015, family of the now-heroic teen gave emotional testimonies recalling the day of his murder.

Dobson was shot and killed in December 2015 on a porch where a group of high school students were gathered after a school basketball game in Knoxville, TN. He died shielding girls from bullets. Christopher Drone Bassett, 22, Richard Gregory Williams III, 23, and Kipling Colbert Jr., 22 are now facing charges in his murder.

Testimony Thursday from Dobson’s brother, Zach Dobson, described finding his brother and the black sweatshirt he was wearing the day he was killed.

"When I got inside, [friends] said, 'Your brother is on the porch,'” Zach Dobson said. "I grabbed his hoodie, there was blood all over his face. I shook him to get up," but instead realized Zaevion Dobson was dead.

When officers testified to evidence found at the scene in court on Wednesday, Dobson’s mother, Zenobia Dobson, broke down in tears and left the courtroom. They held up the shirt in court for the jury to see, pointing out the bullet holes in the material. Thursday, Zenobia Dobson said she received a call after hearing the gunshots, and described Zach Dobson’s reaction.

"Tears were streaming down (Zack's) face. He said, 'Mama, me and Zaevion didn't do anything. We just got shot at for no reason,” Dobson said. "I just about lost it. I started crying, screaming, what any mother would do,  screaming for my child.”

Prosecutors say 34 shots were fired at the group from at least four different guns, and prosecutors believe there were half a dozen attackers involved, though only three are on trial.

Court resumed Friday morning with testimony from police officers and responders.


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