KNOXVILLE - DaChanna Dotson died carrying her 8-month-old nephew to safety from a stranger's gunshots, family members said today.
"She was holding the baby when she was shot," said her roommate and best friend, Jaye Christopher. "The baby had woken up, and we took him outside to get some fresh air. When the shooting started, we cut off the porch light and ran inside. I came in and saw her lying on the hallway floor with the baby beside her."
Dotson, 17, would have graduated next year from Austin-East Magnet High School and already had started planning for college, friends said. She died after a bullet hit her in the side at her grandmother's home on Porter Avenue just after 2:10 a.m.
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