Two men were charged Thursday in the death of Zaevion Dobson, 15, of Knoxville,Tennessee, who died during an amazing act of courage.
Christopher Bassett and Richard Williams were charged with first-degree murder charges in Dobson’s death, including the attempted murder of eight other people, WATE reports. Bassett and Williams are each being held on a $1 million bond.
A spokesperson for the Knox County district attorney’s office announced additional charges for employing a firearm during a first-degree murder and attempted murder. According WATE, Bassett faces an additional charge of possessing a handgun as a felon.
Christopher Bassett & Richard Williams charged w/1st Degree Murder in December shooting death of Zaevion Dobson. pic.twitter.com/BScqWiPODq
— Knoxville Police (@Knoxville_PD) August 25, 2016
Dobson, was a beloved member of the Knoxville, Tennessee community, known as a fun-loving football player at Fulton High School.
On December 17, Dobson along with a group of friends, including his brother Zack, were caught in the aftermath of a drive-by shooting. Dobson shielded two female friends, Faith Gordon, 17, and Kiara Rucker, 16, and was fatally wounded.