KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Family and friends gathered Tuesday night on what would have been the 16th birthday of Zaevion Dobson, the Knoxville teen killed in gang violence last December.
Dobson, who police say was not in a gang, died while shielding his friends from gunfire that was determined to be a gang shooting. The Fulton High School football player became the face of the local anti-gang movement.
“We’re not in sorrow. This is happiness. We’re celebrating his life. It’s his birthday today and we’re going to celebrate it as if so,” said Markastin Taylor, Zaevion’s brother.More coverage: Zaevion Dobson
“If you look around and see this many people here, you automatically know Zaevion Dobson is loved. Touched a lot of people, continues to touch a lot of people and has a special place in a lot of people’s hearts,” said Fulton Head Football Coach Rob Black.
Taylor says he is proud of the national coverage his little brother is getting for his life-saving bravery. Zaevion is set to be posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs on July 13.