Sophia Toney, second from left, was honored by the Hawkins County Commission. She is the daughter of Greg and Melissa Toney, center. Also shown are Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, left, and Commissioner Joe McLain, right. Photo by Jeff Bobo
ROGERSVILLE — What started as an innocent hayride on the night of Oct. 10 turned into a horror ride as Trevor Lee Burton allegedly opened fire on a group of children who were riding in a wagon being pulled by an ATV in a field near his home.
Bullets were whizzing by as Burton allegedly fired a handgun while chasing the wagon on foot.
That’s when 17-year-old Cherokee High School senior Sophia Toney’s instincts kicked in as she used her body to shield two 6-year-old boys and a 3-year-old girl in the wagon from the gunfire until they reached safety.
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