Amid Aurora Shooting Horror, 3 Heroic Men Saved Their Girlfriends

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Jansen Young, Samantha Yowler and Amanda Lindgren all survived because of their boyfriends' heroism.

The names of the Colorado theater shooting victims are slowly leaking out, and along with them are stories of heartache and stories of heroism. But it's the final heroic moments for three men shot to death while shielding their girlfriends during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises that really put into perspective the distance between the dark, twisted mind of the shooter and the pure hearts of his victims.

Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn, and Alex Teves were just regular guys out on a date with the women who they loved. Now all three men are gone, leaving behind all three of those women to mourn them. Yes, Blunk's girlfriend, Jansen Young; McQuinn's girlfriend, Samantha Yowler; and Teves' girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren all survived thanks to simple but beautiful acts of heroism by their boyfriends.

Read their stories on The Stir: Theater Shooting Victims Died Trying to Save the Ones They Loved

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