In the wake of the theater tragedy in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, President Obama said that it will be the “good people” who will be remembered long after James Holmes, the 24-year-old shooter, has been forgotten.
Three stories stand out from Friday night’s shooting. When the attacks began, three boys shielded their girlfriends from the bullets. All three boys died protecting their loved ones.
26-year-old Jon Blunk had served in the Navy and was planing to reenlist. On Friday, Blunk took his girlfriend, Jansen Young, to see the new Batman film. Young said that Blunk 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.”‘
Young said that when Holmes began walking up and down the aisles shooting, Blunk pushed her farther under the seats to protect her from the bullets.
When the shots died down, Young crawled out and tried to pull Blunk up but he was still.
‘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.
Young’s mother described Blunk to the NY Daily News as “loving, the kind of guy you want your daughter to be with.”