Nearly two years have passed since Zaevion Dobson was shot to death while protecting two of his friends from gunfire.
Shots were fired in the Lonsdale community on the night of December 17, 2015. Police said at the time the shooting involved rival gangs. A group of friends just hanging out turned deadly.
“Some people were able to get out, but Zaevion, me and Faith stayed on the porch. We got up and tried to run in the house, and we later found out that he was dead,” said Kiara Rucker, one of the two girls he saved.
Zaevion Dobson, 15, was killed that night, and the story quickly spread, eventually reaching the White House.
“He gave his life to save theirs. An act of heroism a lot of bigger than we should ever expect from a 15-year-old,” said former President Obama.
The Fulton High School football player became the face of the local anti-gang movement, sparking a citywide conversation and a call to stop the violence.
Then in July 2016, one of the highest honors in the sports world was awarded to the Dobson family at the ESPYs. This national stage helped share the story of Zaevion’s courage across the globe as his family accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.
“Your dreams and visions are here with us to prove to us that your act of bravery and boldness revealed to the world the real you. Handsome, strong and with a beautiful spirit. You were and remain our guardian angel to us. In heaven is where you belong. Fly high our Falcon 24,” said Zenobia Dobson at the ceremony.
Charges were finally filed in the case in August 2016. First degree murder and attempted murder charges were brought against Christopher Bassett and Richard Williams III. Kipling Colbert Jr. was indicted in June 2017. He was already in jail on other charges.
Nearly two years to the day after Dobson’s death, on December 14, 2017, Bassett was convicted of first degree murder, while Williams and Colbert were convicted of facilitation of first degree murder.