Knoxville prays for school after tragic loss of hero student

Zaevion Dobson
Zaevion Dobson (Courtesy: WATE)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Students return to school Tuesday after the tragic loss of one of their classmates.

Zaevion Dobson was a Fulton High School football player shot and killed while shielding three friends from gunfire.

Ahead of the first day of class, members of the community came together Sunday to bless the hallways and classrooms of Fulton High School and pray for an end to the violence.

“We ask for their protection Lord Jesus,” Henry Brown, “we need your guidance Lord.” Brown played football at Fulton and graduated from in 1978. He believes the power of prayer will help the school in these difficult times.

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Aleathea and David Dupree sent their blessings as well. The couple has a son who is freshman at the school and said they want the upcoming semester to be a positive one.

“We want to pray for their healing. We know a lot of people are hurting right now,” said Aleathea Dupree.

Some prayed for and end to racial tensions. Others prayed for the staff and students at the school.

“We’re looking for things to change and one thing for sure, prayer never hurts,” said David Dupree. “Prayer has to take place, not just in this building, but outside of this building.”

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