Like many people, I'm still reeling from the horrifying news of the shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado last week. With more information about the events of that fatal night being gradually released, it's only become more and more difficult to understand what could drive anyone to commit such a horrible and senseless act. It's impossible to make sense of, but the one thing I do know is that it's not the gunman who should be remembered, but the 12 who were killed in this terrible crime--several of whom sacrificed their own lives in order to protect a loved one.

One such hero? Twenty-seven-year-old Matt McQuinn (pictured above), who died after he shielded his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, from the oncoming spray of bullets. McQuinn's quick actions were not only brave, they were life-saving. Yowler survived with a gunshot wound to her leg and is now in fair condition at the hospital after having to undergo surgery.

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And McQuinn isn't the only who took such courageous actions: 25-year-old Jon Blunk was also fatally shot after he pushed his 21-year-old girlfriend, Jansen Young, under a seat for protection and threw himself on top of her. "I know I would not be here today if Jon had not been next to me in that movie theater," Young told the Today show.

As heartbreaking as it is learning about the stories of McQuinn, Blunk and the 10 others who were killed in the shooting (the youngest of which was only 6 years old), I also believe it's necessary for the world to find out more about who they were so that they can be commemorated properly. They deserve to have their whole lives remembered, not just their deaths. And above all, they deserve to be recognized as the brave, smart, funny, loved people they were, not just as victims of a terrible act. My thoughts and prayers are with their families and the Aurora community.

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What do you think of McQuinn and Blunk's heroic actions? Tell us in the comments below!


Image via Matt McQuinn/facebook

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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It's a senseless tragedy for certain. For the victims who gave their lives to save the lives of loved ones- what greater gesture of love is there? I hope the victims and families of the victims are able to find peace in the days/years to come. I cannot imagine their grief, anger, or frustration.
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