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High school senior who used her body to shield children from gunfire honored

Jeff Bobo, NET News Service • Dec 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

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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