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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13


Remember these men who, sadly, are no longer with us:  Matt McQuinn, Jonathan Blunk, and Alex Teves.    One of the prime duties of any man is to defend those he loves, and these gentlemen lived up to that responsibility at the cost of their lives:

They took bullets for their beloveds.

Three young men are being hailed as heroes for their old-fashioned chivalry  and courage under fire in saving the lives of their girlfriends.

While using their bodies as shields, Matt McQuinn, 27, Jonathan Blunk, 26,  and Alex Teves, 24, were killed in the worst mass shooting in US history.

Nine others were also murdered when deranged gunman James Holmes unloaded a  fusillade of bullets into the packed Century 16 theater early Friday in Aurora,  Colo.

McQuinn dived in front of his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, also 27, when the  gunfire erupted. She was shot in the knee. McQuinn was fatally struck three  times.

Jonathan Blunk threw his date, Jansen Young, 21, to the floor, pushing her  under the seat.

“Stay down!” he told her, moments before he was shot to death.

“He took a bullet for me,” Young told NBC’s “Today” show.

“He always talked about if he were going to die, he wanted to die a hero,” Blunk’s estranged wife, Chantel Blunk, told NBC News.

Teves, of Phoenix, used his body to cover girlfriend Amanda Lindgren, Teves’ grandmother Rae Iacovelli told The Post.

“He shielded her. He got down on the floor and covered her up,” said  Iacovelli, who lives in Barneget, NJ. “She was pulled out from under him. I  don’t know who pulled her out.”

Go here to the New York Post to read the rest.  In this vale of tears tragedy can strike swiftly and with devastating impact.  How we react when it does says much about us.  Those three young men reacted with courage and self-sacrifice under the most terrifying of circumstances.  May they now be enjoying the Beatific Vision.

Update I:  Add the name of Air Force Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress to the Roll of Honor:

Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, who was stationed in the town of Aurora, where the massacre took place, had gone to the midnight showing of the film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” with two other service members.

When the alleged shooter, James Holmes, opened fire, Childress threw himself in front of a friend, Munirih Gravelly, an act she said saved her life.

“I feel really sorry … that he’s gone,” she told NBC4, fighting tears, “that none of us were able to at least hold his hand and look him in the eye while he passed.

“I lost a friend.”

Childress was one of 12 people killed and 58 injured in the shooting. He was 29.

Update II:  Petty Officer John Larimer, United States Navy, died protecting his girlfriend:

“John adamantly wanted to make a difference in the world, and he thought that his military service would be the best chance for him to do so,” his girlfriend, Julia Vojtsek, 20 of Algonquin said Monday.

It was Vojtsek he ended up saving when a gunman burst into the Aurora, Colo., movie theater and opened fire last week.

Vojtsek described Monday how Larimer, the 27-year-old sailor from Crystal Lake who was one of the 12 killed by the gunman, protected her.

“John and I were seated in the middle area. When the violence occurred, John immediately and instinctively covered me and brought me to the ground in order to protect me from any danger,” she said in a written statement given to the Sun-Times by her mother, Kelley Vojtsek.

“Moments later, John knowingly shielded me from a spray of gunshots. It was then, I believe, John was hit with a bullet that would have very possibly struck me. I feel very strongly that I was saved by John and his ultimate kindness.”


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  1. Real heroes. I would like to believe and sincerely hope that men sacrificing their lives in this way for their beloved constitutes a straight shot to that beatific vision. I can’t imagine God’s mercy being otherwise.

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