Besides all being in the wrong place at the wrong time on the morning of July 20, Jansen Young, Samantha Yowler and Amanda Lindgren have one other thing in common: each was saved from James Holmes’ murderous rampage by their loving, heroic boyfriends.
Young, Yowler and Lindgren all survived the Batman Movie Massacre this past Friday because their boyfriends jumped on top of them and used their own bodies to shield them from the gunfire. That act of courageousness came at a cost, though, as Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves all wound up losing their own lives in the process.
“He’s a hero, and he’ll never be forgotten,” a tearful Jansen Young told the New York Daily News of Blunk. “Jon took a bullet for me.”
Her mother, Shellie Young, added: “He was loving, the kind of guy you want your daughter to be with, and ultimately, she’s alive because of this, because he protected her.”
Blunk was a former Navy man who had been hoping to eventually become a Navy SEAL. He planned to take Young to the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises to celebrate her graduation from veterinarian school.
What was supposed to be a joyous night, however, quickly took a turn for the horrifying when Holmes allegedly burst in guns blazing. Without hesitation, Blunk pushed Jansen on the ground and then threw himself on top of her to shield her from the onslaught.
“He was 6-feet-2, in incredible shape, which is why he was able to push her down under the seats of the theater,” the mother said. “He pushed her down on the floor and laid down on top of her and he died there.”
(via New York Daily News)
Alex Teves, 24, and Matt McQuinn, 27, went out in similarly gallant fashion.
“He pushed her to the floor to save her and he ended up getting a bullet,” Teves’ aunt, Barbara Slivinske told the Daily News. “He was gonna hit the floor himself, but he never made it.”
According to witnesses, McQuinn leapt onto his girlfriend when she got hit in the knee with a bullet.
“Both the Yowler and McQuinn families thank everyone for their concerns, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the McQuinns’ lawyer, Robert Scott, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Matt perished from the injuries he sustained during the tragic events that unfolded . . . and went home to be with his maker.”
McQuinn, 27, and Yowler met at a Target store in Springfield, Ohio, where they worked.
“He was a great outgoing person,” McQuinn’s former co-worker at the Colorado Target told the Daily News. “We lost a great person and we still can’t picture or realize that he’s gone.”
(Kudos New York Daily News)