Of the 12 victims who were killed by James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado last Friday, three of them died as true heroes, saving the lives of their girlfriends through acts of strength and bravery.
The New York Daily News has paid tribute to each one.
Jon Blunk took Jansen Young to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in celebration of her graduation from veterinarian school.
“He’s a hero, and he’ll never be forgotten. Jon took a bullet for me," Young tearfully told the newspaper, while her mother explained than Blunk shoved her daughter to the ground when Holmes opened fire.
“He was 6-feet-2, in incredible shape, which is why he was able to push her down under the seats of the theater,” said Young's mother. “He pushed her down on the floor and laid down on top of her and he died there.”