Jonathan Blunk, who died when an armed shooter opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater was memorialized in a service today wherein many of his friends and family members spoke of him as a great guy and a hero to the core.
The Washington Post quotes one of his friends, James Gill, who said, ““He made it a point to befriend everyone, and the guy didn’t know what negativity was. Throw into that a little testosterone … and you have one beautiful man.’”
The Post article also noted that people close to Blunk may have been told by federal authorities that Blunk may have tried to stop the shooter by perhaps trying to get to his weapons.
“Law enforcement is leaning toward he was trying to get the (suspect’s) gun to save people’s lives,” said Roland Lackey, an Air Force veteran who officiated the service. “He was a hero, and I salute him.”
FBI spokesman Dave Joly in Denver said Friday that a court gag-order prevented him from commenting on the case.
It’s also been indicated that Blunk’s wife was told that he matched the description of someone who tried to stop the shooter, and that his body was found in a position in the theater that corroborated that theory.
There is no way for those of us outside of the investigation to know, at this point, whether Blunk did try to stop the shooter, but there is no doubt in many Americans’ minds that Blunk—who served three tours in the Middle East as a member of the U.S. Navy—was a hero regardless.