Hundreds gather for 2nd annual Zaevion Dobson memorial skate party

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A memorial party was held this weekend to honor Zaevion Dobson, the Knoxville teen who was shot and killed while protecting three girls from gunfire in December 2015.

Friends and family joined the community at Skatetown USA on Broadway Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the City of Knoxville, its Save Our Sons initiative, and the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation.

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Zaevion’s mother, Zenobia Dobson, says events like this one are about peace, love and happiness.

“I could just feel his spirit in the place, because he’s really happy. I know that’s what he would really want for kids to be happy in his honor.” said Zenobia.

Zae loved to skate with his family, and they say this is a way to keep his memory alive.

“To bring the community together, to bring friends together to see what fun is really about. Friendship really goes a long way, that means something to me and something to Zaevion.” said Zenobia.

The event had two parts: the first for elementary aged students and the second for 8th grade to high school aged students. The skating was free and skaters were joined by Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.

“This is part of the model that we’ll have at the change center. So what we do hope is that folks that come to this will see that this could be something we’re doing everyday.” said Rausch.

This is the second year for the “Skate for Zae” event. Hundreds gathered last March for a skating event in his honor.

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