Community gathers to honor David Crockett High School student killed in crash

The community gathered Saturday to pay their respects and raise money for the family of a Washington County High School student who died in a car accident earlier this month.

The community was invited to VFW Post 9724 to honor 17-year-old Zoe Shipley who was a David Crockett High School student.

The Dog Tag Brigade helps veterans in need. President of the organization Lee Carmichael says he wants to shine a light on the community, breaking the stereotype of what being a biker is.

“Most of us are all veterans and a few of our members that are partisans, they’re civilians who want to support veterans.”
Carmichael said, he wanted to help out one of their own Saturday.
“We’re having a benefit dinner for Zoe Shipley. One of her grandfathers have been a big supporter of the Dog Tag Brigade ever since we started. We thought it would be nice to kind of do something for the family. Money doesn’t take place of losing a loved one or something, but maybe the community coming together to help the family out in their time of need,” said Carmichael.

The Tennessee Highway Patrols tells us on April 7 – Shipley was involved in a head-on crash on Dry Creek Road. She later died from her injuries.

All the money raised Saturday will be given to Shipley’s family.

The Dog Tag Brigade hosted the Chili Dinner, a raffle, and a 50/50 competition.

Shea Pharris collected money for the event, volunteering her time. She said that over 60 people donated money for the event.

“We’ve had a bunch of people come out so far, and we’ve had a real good turn out. Somebody actually bought $100 worth of tickets,” said Pharris.
At the end of the night they raised $1,920. Then, someone rounded off that number to $2,000.
Zoe’s mother and father were at the benefit dinner. Her mom said she was grateful for all the support.

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