Three Aurora Victims Died Protecting Girlfriends

Three of the 12 victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado died while protecting their loved ones from harm.

Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves each died while shielding their loved ones from James Holmes, a shooter who killed or injured 70 people in an early-morning massacre.

“He Never Made It”

Teves, 24, threw his girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren, to the floor when Holmes began shooting. Holmes shot and killed Teves before he too could reach cover.

“He pushed her to the floor to save her and he ended up getting a bullet,” said Teves’ aunt, Barbara Slivinske, to the New York Daily News. “He was gonna hit the floor himself, but he never made it.”

Teves had recently graduated from the University of Denver with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. One of his advisors, Dr. Mary Gomez, said in a statement that Teves “was a compassionate and kind person with a great sense of humor who put a positive outlook on all situations. Most importantly, his top priority was his relationships. His loyalty is admirable and he always put his friends first.”

“What’s Best About Us”

McQuinn, 27, shielded his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, as did Yowler’s older brother Nick. Holmes shot McQuinn three times, and he died at the scene. One bullet did strike Yowler in the knee, but she was otherwise uninjured. Nick Yowler was not shot.

“When the gunman started shooting, Matt and Nick pulled Samantha to the ground and shielded her,” said Rob Scott, the attorney representing the McQuinn and Yowler families, in a statement given to USA Today.

Scott called both men heroes.

“As Americans, we’re used to seeing that from our military, but not from private citizens,” Scott said. “What Matt did and Nick did certainly demonstrated what’s best about us.”

“Jon Just Took a Bullet For Me”

Blunk, 26, threw his girlfriend, Jansen Young, to the ground and told her to stay down as the shooting began.

“He knew and threw me on the ground, and was like, ‘We have to get down and stay down,’” Young said in an interview with Today.

She said that Blunk pushed her into cover. Though she may have been hit by shrapnel, she was otherwise uninjured.

Blunk was not as fortunate. “I guess I didn’t really know he had passed, up until I started shaking him and saying, ‘Jon, Jon we have to go,’” Young said.

Young was clear that Blunk had saved her life.

“Jon just took a bullet for me,” she said.

Other Heroes Abound

Heroism was not limited to those who sacrificed their lives. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recounted multiple acts of heroics in an interview on Meet the Press. He told of one man who stayed to protect his son’s girlfriend, saying, “instead of running away he stays there and saves her life in the end, kept her from bleeding to death.”

Hickenlooper also credited a woman who used her own belt as a tourniquet to help keep one victim from bleeding to death.

Allie Young was saved by Stephanie Davies, who applied pressure to a neck wound in the wake of the massacre. And a 13-year-old girl tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to save the life of 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest victim of the shooting.

While the incident in Aurora was yet another dark day, President Barack Obama, in a meeting with families on Sunday night, said that it was the heroism in the face of catastrophe that should be recognized.

“In the end, after [Holmes] has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy,” Obama said.

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irene fernandez
irene Fernandez5 years ago

Such a sad story, this is the light it brings to us all

Audrey B5 years ago

The men that loss their lives throwing themselves on their girlfriends are TRUE HEROS. This was horrific. The horrible things being said about someone could have stopped the shooter is just riduloius, the guy had automatic weapons, you can not run far enough with a bullet chasing you.
This guy definitely needs the death penality, this was just like one mistake, it 70 lives, and premeditated.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

These men are true heroes!

Sije Dijkstra
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

It's so beautiful when someone saves someone they love, it's just sad when it they are forced to.

Taylor Hobmeier
Taylor Hobmeier5 years ago

Wow I think this is so amazing I could only dream of having a hero boyfriend. I have always heard the saying protect yourself before others. Which is true but these guys are absolutely heros. Plain out heros. I thank God for these men everyday.

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

I understand that people have different opinions about sensible gun rules/laws. No one is trying to confiscate a hand gun or hunting rifle. I say if one wants to go out and shoot semi-automatic weapons/assault weapons they can always join the military and do something useful. We just make it so easy for crazy or hate filled people to get an arsenal, and use it. We should try to do both things, try and find the people who might commit these crimes and help them, and get rid of the 30 round shots in 1 minute.

Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis5 years ago

I certainly hope that the petition To Tell Former State Senator That Shooting Victims Didn't "Lack Courage"! Has far more signatures than 520--In The Memory of these heroes there should be at the very least 500,000 or better yet 5,000,000.

Cindy Strousberg

I don't understand how anyone can blame the victims !

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

That is a very sad and sweet story. They should be and would be still alive if the mass murderer was not able so easily or at all able to buy a massive amount of weapons. When will we ever learn?