Slain Hero Zaevion Dobson’s 12-Year-Old Cousin Killed
More heartbreaking news coming out of Tennesee…
Zaevion Dobson‘s family has suffered another devastating loss after his 12-year-old cousin JaJuan Latham was shot and killed at an anti-violence event in the teen’s honor.
Last December, Zaevion, 15, was killed after he heroically shielded three girls from gunfire during a drive-by shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
HERO: 15-Year-Old Zaevion Dobson Killed Shielding 3 Girls From Gunfire
On Saturday night, his cousin JaJauan was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting outside of the Bobby Maze Celebrity Basketball game where Dobson was being honored.
Gunmen opened fire in Danny Mayfield Park at about 9:50 p.m. on Saturday and sped off in two cars, shooting the 12-year-old boy in the head as he sat in the backseat of his father’s Chevy Tahoe, Knoxville officers said.
“The first thing I do is reach my son and I just realize he’s not moving, so I’m like, ‘What’s going on, is he asleep?’” Hubert Latham, the boy’s father, told WATE. “When I picked him up, that’s when I realized, what I seen, blood.”
Hubert rushed his injured son to the hospital in a bullet-riddled truck, and carried the mortally wounded boy into the emergency room.
JaJuan died from his injuries at about two hours after he was shot, officials said.
“It broke my heart 30 minutes later when they came out and told me my son was dead. The only thing that came to my mind was: who did this?” Hubert told reporters.
Police are looking for any information they can find to track down the gunmen responsible for the deadly shooting. There had been 150-200 people at the party in the park when Hubert arrived to pick up JaJuan’s friends.
“This has got to stop. This is the second innocent young person in our community that has had their life ended by senseless violence, by cowards,” Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said at a Sunday press conference. “This can’t go on. We do not need to bury any more children.”
These senseless killings has to STOP!
My thoughts and prayers are with the Dobson and Latham families.
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