"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." –John 15:13
In the midst of the shock and horror of last Friday morning's theater shooting in Colorado, some accounts of bravery and heroism emerged.
The NY Daily News reported on three men in particular who used their own bodies as shields to protect their girlfriends from the barrage of gunfire.
They are Matt McQuinn, Alex Teves and Jon Blunk.
"He's a hero, and he'll never be forgotten," Jansen Young, Jon Blunk's girlfriend told the Daily News through tears, adding, "Jon took a bullet for me." (Photo: NY Daily News)
Blunk had served in the Navy and had wanted to be a Navy SEAL. As he and Jansen sat in the theater, and the killer began his rampage, 25-year-old Blunk sprang into action pushing his girlfriend to the floor and under the seats, then laying his 6-foot-2 frame on top of her, he shielded her from the flying bullets which ultimately took his life.
Blunk's father, who had raised him as a single dad, said, "I love my boy, I just loved him."
In a similar action to Blunk's heroics, Matt McQuinn (26) reportedly "dove on top of his girlfriend as the shooting started," shielding her from the gunfire that killed him. Samantha's brother Nick was also present and helped get his sister out of range of the killer when he paused momentarily. (Photo: NY Daily News)
Samantha Yowler, McQuinn's girlfriend, sustained a gunshot wound to the knee and was said to be in fair condition after surgery.
The McQuinn's lawyer told the press, "Unfortunately, Matt perished from the injuries he sustained during the tragic events that unfolded...and went home to be with his Maker."
Likewise, 24-year-old Alex Teves, who was attending the midnight movie took his own heroic action as the gunman started firing indiscriminately. (Photo: NY Daily News)
"He pushed her to the floor to save her and he ended up getting a bullet," described his aunt, Barbara Slivinske. "He was gonna hit the floor himself, but he never made it."
No doubt there were others who helped to keep friends and even strangers safe during Friday's horror, such as 13-year-old Kaylan, who was there at the shooting and tried to administer CPR to the youngest victim, 6-year-old Veronica, who died.
But, as we remember these three young men, it calls to mind the often quoted words of the Lord Jesus; "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
Certainly these three showed this kind of love.