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Heroism in Aurora

In the Colorado theater that was the scene of one of the worst mass shootings in recent memory, the heroics did not occur on the screen, but in the darkened aisles.

Nick Yowler, 32, was watching The Dark Knight Rises with his younger sister, Samantha, 27, and her boyfriend, Matt McQuinn, 27, when gunfire rang out.

“When the gunman started shooting, Matt and Nick … pulled Samantha to the ground and shielded her,” says Rob Scott, an attorney representing the McQuinn and Yowler families.

McQuinn was shot three times, and died at the theater, Scott says. Samantha Yowler, shot in the knee, underwent surgery and is recovering, and Nick Yowler was uninjured.

Both men were heroes, Scott says. “I don’t know many (young people) who would stand up and take a bullet,” he says. “As Americans, we’re used to seeing that from our military, but not from private citizens. What Matt did and Nick did certainly demonstrated what’s best about us.”. . .

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