Bridge to be named after Zaevion Dobson

Zaevion Dobson, Fulton High School
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Update Thursday 11 a.m. 

State lawmakers announced their plans Thursday morning to name a bridge after a Knoxville teen who died while shielding his friends from gunfire. 

The bridge over 275 heading into the Lonsdale community will be renamed the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Bridge. 

Zaevion's family and students from Fulton High traveled to Nashville on Thursday as lawmakers passed a joint resolution in his memory. 

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Nine students from the Fulton High School AP Government class wrote every line of the resolution.

Representative Eddie Smith contacted Fulton to get the school's input. School leaders then turned to those who spent most days with Zaevion -- his fellow classmates.

Dobson was shot and killed while shielding his friends from gunfire last December in Lonsdale.

Since then, the community has honored Dobson’s memory by holding rallies against violence, wearing t-shirts with his football number, No. 24, on them, and even started a scholarship in his name.

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The Tennessee Legislature will honor fallen Fulton High School student Zaevion Dobson by passing a joint resolution in his memory Thursday.

Nine students from the Fulton High School AP Government class wrote every line of the resolution.

Representative Eddie Smith contacted Fulton to get the school's input. School leaders then turned to those who spent most days with Zaevion -- his fellow classmates.

"I think they were hesitant at first, it brings up a lot of emotion having to remember the event but as we got into it, it was a very good way to deal and process their grief," said teacher Jonathan Egert.

"BE IT RESOLVED..that we honor the memory of Zaevion Dobson, reflecting upon his bravery and sacrifice that saved the lives of his friends and paying tribute to his many successes even as a young man," reads the resolution. "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we express our sympathy and offer our condolences to the family and many friends of Zaevion Dobson."

Dobson was shot and killed while shielding his friends from gunfire last December in Lonsdale.

Since then, the community has honored Dobson’s memory by holding rallies against violence, wearing t-shirts with his football number, No. 24, on them, and even started a scholarship in his name.

The Knoxville City Council passed a similar resolution in honor of Zaevion Dobson in February. The Knox County Commission declared January 24 as “Zaevion Dobson Day.”

The resolution already passed the House unanimously; The Senate is expected to pass it this Thursday.