Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Three Boyfriends Die Protecting Their Girlfriends From Cinema Shooting

In the wake of Friday’s devastating theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., President Obama remarked that it will be the “good people” — the heroes who took action — that remain in our memories long after James Holmes, the alleged gunman, has been forgotten. And as stories from the darkened chaos begin to emerge, three among many share similar heroic stories: they all died shielding their girlfriends from bullets.

Jon Blunk had served in the Navy and was planning to re-enlist. On Friday, the 26-year-old took his girlfriend, Jansen Young, to see the “Dark Knight” — when the assault began, Young says he saved her life. “Jon just took a bullet for me,” Young said in an interview on “Today”. “He knew and threw me on the ground, and was like, ‘We have to get down and stay down.’”

While Holmes walked up and down the aisles shooting, Young says her boyfriend was a constant presence, pushing her further under the seats and out of the line of fire. Finally, as the shots slowed, she crawled out and attempted to pull up Blunk by the shoulder, but he didn’t move.

“I guess I didn’t really know he had passed, up until I started shaking him and saying, ‘Jon, Jon, we have to go… It’s time for us to get out of here,’ ” she told the Denver Post.
Reached for comment by the NY Daily News, Young’s mother described Blunk as “loving, the kind of guy you want your daughter to be with.”

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