KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It's been three years since Zaevion Dobson, 15, was killed while shielding his friends from gunfire.
Dobson, a sophomore, was hanging out with friends on a front porch on the evening of Dec. 17, 2015 when gunshots were fired randomly in the Lonsdale neighborhood where he lived.
He blocked the shots with his body, saving friends Faith Gordon, 17, and Kiara Rucker, 16. They were on the front porch of Gordon's aunt. Dobson died that night.
A jury convicted Christopher Bassett, Kipling Colbert Jr., and Richard Williams in Dobson's death after a trial that lasted almost two weeks.
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The Change Center, which is being built in Dobson's honor, will open its doors on Friday.
There's a scholarship named for Dobson. Former President Barack Obama recognized Dobson, and ESPN posthumously granted him the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
At Fulton High School, there are signs and symbols that serve to honor Dobson.