When a heavily armed man burst into the Century Aurora 16 theater during an opening-day, midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, the stars came out. Jarell Brooks was said to have helped a mother and her two young children out of the killing ground. Jonathan Blunk, Matthew McQuinn and Alexander Teves were reported to have died shielding their respective girlfriends. "Even in the darkest of days," President Barack Obama would later say, "life continues and people are strong."
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