Jonathan Blunk's wife talks about her family's tragic loss

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 7/23/2012 7:12 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & -- We now know that one of the 12 people who died in Friday morning's theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado was a 26-year-old military veteran who grew up right here in Northern Nevada.

Jonathan Blunk's family sat down with News Four this afternoon to tell their story.

Blunk left behind his wife Chantel, four-year-old daughter Hailey and two-year-old son Maximus when he was killed in the colorado theater shooting.
He was supposed to come home to Reno for a visit Saturday.

"He was supposed to fly in today," Chantel said. "Our daughter made him a welcome home poster."
"She woke up ready to go pick daddy up from the airport," said Elizabeth Ramirez, Chantel's mother. "She's telling mommy let's call daddy and tell him I'm going to be at the airport waiting for him."
"I tried to explain that daddy's not coming anymore," Chantel said. "I don't want to believe it. I feel like if I do let go it's a reality and I don't want it."
Instead of seeing her husband today Chantel is remembering him.

"He was very hardworking," Chantel said. "He wanted to be nothing but a hero. He wanted his kids to look up to him. He always said if he was ever going to die he wanted to die as a hero."

So she wasn't surprised to hear her husband died trying to save someone else's life. 

"Everyone will tell you it sounds just like him," Chantel said.

"I'm mad about that too, not being there with a girl but when she called me personally it was a whole different story what she told on the news," Chantel said. "She told me she got up and left him. She needed to clear her conscience and tell me she never looked back. She never checked on him. And I even said 'how could you leave him? You said on the news you loved him. You don't leave someone you love.' He would have never left. Even if it was his worst enemy he would have never left. That's the kind of guy he was."

He was a hero, and now Chantel is trying to get him a heroes memorial.

"I have all his soldier friends, whether they're still in or not, contacting me to find out what they can do to help bring him home and have his military burial which he deserves," Chantel said.

Chantel also told News Four because Jonathan wasn't currently on active duty the military won't cover the costs for his funeral or transportation home. The family has an account set up with Wells Fargo to help bring Jonathan home to Reno to be buried with military honors.

If you'd like to help you can donate in the name of Chantel Blunk to Wells Fargo account #8966815063.
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kevin - 1/15/2013 12:59 PM
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November 23, 2012 I learned after calling and speaking with Gregory Medek and his wife Rena in Aurora Colorado that their daughter Micayla's coffin was empty. Rena wanted to know "Where are they?" Other people reported to have been killed in the theater are missing and the Aurora police are hiding that information. Micayla Medek's funeral was attended by 1200 people including police chief Dan Oats and Governor John Hickenlooper. I have spoken with relatives of six of the twelve people reportedly killed. Bodies were not returned to families. People are missing not dead. Not one news agency I have contacted will report this. I have contacted a lot of news agencies. The US military has a moon base named Project Horizon. The ship fleet that travels between Earth military bases and Project Horizon is named Aurora. July 20th is anniversary of Apollo 11 landing in 1969. Flight 93 landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport 9/11/01. I spoke with former Mayor Michael White. NASA Glenn Research has a facility at the Cleveland airport. The flight 93 passengers were interviewed by the FBI in the NASA hangar. Those people are still alive. The men who told me about the moon base are Dr. Bill Deagle and Philip J. Corso Jr. Phil's father was chief of Army Foreign Technology and retired in 1963. He was incharge of Operation Paperclip for President Eisenhower at one time. Dr. Deagle worked at US Space Command among other places. He was also the doctor who did the exit examinations on the military bomb forensic team that removed bombs remaining in the Alfred P. Murrah building. Dr. Deagle says one of the men had radiation burns.

Sheilaaliens - 9/19/2012 8:40 PM
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You guys know that Jansen Young was just on Dr. Phil yesterday right? Her appearance was pathetic. She fake cried the entire time, i dont know if one real tear actually left her eyes. She had a "psychic medium" (John Edward) try to contact Jonathan's spirit. You wanna say that's ok? It's tacky and insensitive. What a snatch!

brasscookie - 8/7/2012 12:47 AM
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Unless you have direct knowledge of the events it would be wise to bite your tongue. I acted as the family's Casualty Officer. I draped the Casket at Reno-Tahoe Airport, inside the B-757 before Southwest AL would allow it to leave the aircraft. The Internment Flag for Jonathon came directly from an Army unit in Afghanistan. A Police escort along with the Patriot Guard escorted Jonathon to Mountain View. Jonathon did in fact, receive full military honors, graveside at Fridays funeral. Who pays and how much is irrelevant. Who loved who more is also irrelevant. The only relevant fact is, Jonathon entered his final resting place with Full Military Honors.

AlAnbar0802 - 7/27/2012 12:30 PM
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AngelicSno: The bottom line is that Chantel Blunk made a mistake by unfairly criticizing Ms. Young's actions during the shooting. This is the price you pay for putting your foot in your mouth in open media. Unfortunately, her remarks have caused a perception that she may be bitter and spiteful for being cuckholded, which distracts from what is really important...Mr. Blunk's extrordinary performance and selflessness under fire.

jrsnx - 7/26/2012 2:29 PM
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Matthew 7:5

howebev - 7/26/2012 9:10 AM
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AngelicSno I am not a know-it-all as you wrote but I certainly know about human behavior and responses to tragic situations. Have you not ever heard about "THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK". Especially on the news that is probably circulated around the world. When you have a million emtions going on and her head doesn't have clear thoughts that is a time to keep your mouth SHUT to the NEWS. I think you are the one with ignorant judgements. I donated money to help this man get buried but to his Mother's account. I was so disgusted with the wife's criticism I could not send money there. I will bet you that there are others who feel the same way. As far as having respect you are full of it b/c this has kept me awake at night grieving for my fellow Americans, I have donated money, I have record on Jonathan Webpage and I have lit a candle in my Catholic church for all the lives that have been touched. So keep your criticism to yourself. All of America is grieving you fool.

AngelicSno - 7/25/2012 10:38 AM
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Ok howebev, know-it-all...then you should also know that she found out the night before that her husband died and was supposed to be home that day and wasn't going to be there and had to continuously tell their 4 year old daughter who was heartbroken and doesn't understand!! And therefore she has a million emotions going on and her head doesn't have clear thoughts right now and this is THE NEWS! They cut out and edit alot of things for a bigger story so SHAME ON YOU for your ignorant judgments. They are grieving, have some respect!!

howebev - 7/24/2012 7:04 PM
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I have read all these postings. I agree it is not the place to air any family's dirty laundry. We all have it. But before you all jump on people bashing Chantel remember that she herself criticized the girl friend for leaving him on national news that will circulate the world no doubt. She is just as GUILTY because no one can say how you would react in such a horific, horrendous, unbelievable situation. A normal human response to such a situation is "fight or flight". First responders are educated, heavily trained for situations and even they don't know for sure as a HUMAN how they might respond to certain situations. I was an ER RN for many years and a practicing nurse for 48 years so I have some insight to human behavior. SHAME ON CHANTEL for even discussing her conversation with Jansen and CRITICIZING her response publicily for the world to read. SHE IS JUST AS GUILTY AS ANYONE WHO HAS THESE COMMENTS.

brynns10 - 7/24/2012 6:08 PM
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wow some of you ignorant people! i happen to know one of the family members...and i really can not believe what i just read from some of you! if you really know them, you would be ashamed of the comment you posted!

kldue - 7/24/2012 12:16 PM
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Apparently a lot of you morons talking trash were there with them every minute of the day to know oh so well their situation. There is a family at grief right now who all they want is to get him home and do a proper burial. As for the wells fargo account whenever someone dies you usually always see an account number for donations to help. SO dd1975 you're an idiot to be posting that crap. Money hungry really? As for noneya, I agree with AngelicSno, you nasty creep. My prayers to the family. It's bad enough they lost a husband and father and still have to take in this kind of crap.

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