3 Shooting Victims Mourned

Matt McQuinn among those with funerals today
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2012 4:58 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the family shows Jessica Ghawi.   ((AP Photo/Courtesy of the family))
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(Newser) – The woman whom Matt McQuinn loved and whose life he saved by taking three bullets for her wept as pastors spoke of his heroism and sacrifice during his funeral today, and of the senselessness of the shooting spree at a Colorado movie theater where he and 11 others were killed just more than a week ago. Mourners packed a church in Springfield, Ohio, the same morning that others came together in San Antonio, Texas, to remember another shooting victim, 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi.

Other victims' funerals were held earlier this week, and more are set for next week. When gunfire broke out in the Aurora, Colorado, theater, McQuinn, 27, dove in front of his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and was shot three times. Yowler, who was shot in the knee and survived, arrived at McQuinn's funeral on crutches today and wept quietly with his parents and other family during the funeral. At another Dark Knight funeral, Colorado's governor and police officers were among more than 1,000 people who gathered in Aurora to remember recent high school graduate Alexander "AJ" Boik, reports the AP. (Read more Dark Knight massacre stories.)

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