So Sad — High School Football Player Killed Defending Three Girls From Active Shooter

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This is awful.

A 15-year-old high school football player was killed this week while defending three girls from a shooter in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Photos: Stars We Lost In 2015

The student-athlete, Zaevion Dobson, was sitting on a porch with friends late Thursday night when a group of men came up and opened fired, killing Dobson as he jumped in front of three girls to shield them from the bullets.

Rob Black, the football coach at Fulton County High School where Dobson attended classes, said of the heroic young man:

“He’s a sophomore and already successful, already leading a life that’s contagious, that people follow. [He was] so very liked by his peers and his teachers and his teammates. And that makes him successful.”

Those affiliated with the school tweeted their heartbreak as news came out, too (below):

Dobson’s death was unfortunately the second of three related shootings in Knoxville that night, with one of the alleged gunmen involved in the high school football player’s shooting dying later that evening in a separate incident.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch wanted it all to stop:

“We really do plead with our community to step up and to stop these acts.”

While Dobson’s brother, Zack, spoke highly of his deceased sibling:

“I’m shocked. I’m really just shocked. I can’t believe it, can’t get it across my head. Zae, he was an awesome kid, awesome brother. Just know that I miss him. I miss my brother.”

So sad.

Our thoughts are with Dobson’s family, friends, and loved ones.

[Image via Fulton County High School/Twitter.]

Dec 19, 2015 4:28pm PDT