University of Tennessee students wrote poems in honor of Zaevion Dobson to give to his mother.
Dobson, 15, died a few months ago, shielding friends from gunfire on a Lonsdale porch.
The UT students spent months working on their poems, and compiled them into a memorial packet and mailed them to Zenobia Dobson, Zaevion’s mother, last week.
The 13 students decided to write the poems as tribute to Dobson after their English professor told them his story.
"Poetry is a small thing we can do," said professor Marilyn Kallet in a release. "It's like singing a lullaby, or singing a goodbye song in this case."
She said she recently threw some early drafts of the poems in her office recycling bin, only to return the next day to find a note from the janitor on her desk.
"I read the paper about Zae Dobson. Just want to let you know when I read the paper in the recycling bin, I kind of lost myself with emotion and tears. Beautiful!!!" The note was signed "Building Services."
The students will be reading their poems at 12:45 p.m. Thursday in room 1210 of the McClung Tower.
You can also read them online here.