Sparks family loses father to Colorado theater shooting

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Updated: 7/23/2012 12:07 pm
AURORA, Col. & RENO, Nev. (NBC News, KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Jonathan Blunk, 26, always wanted to be a hero, according to his friends and family. “He always talked about if he were going to die, he wanted to die a hero,” his estranged wife, Chantel Blunk, told NBC News from Reno, Nev.

Blunk attended the movie with a friend, Jansen Young, who credited him with saving her life. When the shooting broke out, Young said Blunk, a military veteran, threw her to the ground and told her to stay down. "Jon just took a bullet for me," Young told the Today show.

Chantel Blunk said her husband graduated from Reno’s Procter Hug High School in 2004 and enlisted in the Navy, serving out of San Diego aboard the USS Nimitz. The couple, who met in high school, married in 2007.

He left the service in 2009 and after separating from his wife moved to Colorado, where he worked for a hardware store. After a franctic day of trying to get information about her husband’s fate, Chantel said FBI agents arrived at her home Friday evening and confirmed her worst fears.

In addition to his wife, Blunk leaves behind two young children, a girl, 4, and a boy, 2.

Chantel said plans to bring the body home to Reno, where he will be buried with military honors.

She has set up an account through Wells Fargo to raise money for the funeral and transportation costs.


Courtesy Young family & NBC News
Jonathan Blunk and Jansen Young
AURORA, Col. (NBC News) - Amid the booms of gunfire and smoke from tear gas in a crowded Aurora, Colo., movie theater, Jansen Young felt Jonathan Blunk, who she said is her boyfriend, give her one final push under a seat to shield her – a move she believes saved her life. But Jon Blunk didn’t survive the attack on the Friday midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” outside Denver.  "Jon just took a bullet for me," Young, a 21-year-old who recently became a certified veterinarian technician, told the Today Show. The couple, dating since October, according to Young, had been surprised to be able to get tickets on the day of the popular movie’s premiere.

When the alleged assailant, James Eagan Holmes, began his attack on the crowd, Blunk, who Young said had some military experience, knew what was going on, Young said. "He knew and threw me on the ground, and was like, 'We have to get down and stay down,'" she said.

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Sparks, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- News Four has received reports that one of the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado has family in Sparks.

News Four will continue to post more information as it becomes available.
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kevin - 1/16/2013 7:22 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.

dayleyw - 1/15/2013 3:34 PM
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I believe this family is wrong , along with their GREEDY LAWYERS. It wasn't anyones fault that night but Holmes. So now this greedy women wants money for her dead husband, this is sad. Her lawyer must of told her he can get her and him thousands. BUT OFF THE WRONG PERSON. DR lYNNE FENTON, if this doesn't work, then they will try to sue, the movie theater next.. If any judge grants this , the need to be benched , and never serve on the bench ever!!!!!!!! Also it will tell anyone, if this happens you can sue, WE WILL FIND FAULT WITH SOMEONE. To point the finger. Greedy dam people.

Neilan Tyree - 7/24/2012 8:54 AM
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The comments here are very shocking. Given that hatred and a wanton lack of respect for anyone else is at the heart of this terrible tragedy, one would think that people would be more careful about spewing further hateful comments. I don't know how anyone posting here can dare suggest that they know what happened that night. But it is the things several of you say about someone who just experienced something more horrible than any of you could imagine that just... Well, it's heartless. I also note that none of you bothers to use your real names...which makes all of you cowards. Try posting with your REAL names and perhaps that will temper the unattractive desire to say such awful things. You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

pine apple - 7/24/2012 3:36 AM
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Pretty dizzy relationship if you ask me... Her interview stinks, the hero is dead and now the homewrecker can elaborate as much as she wants to stretch it. Like lady, you've been fooling around with him for 9 months, I don't think he would have ever married you!

dont knoo me - 7/22/2012 8:34 PM
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the girl is a liar, the fbi told the wife the whole story, and that girl is a liar head to toe she should burn in hell.. people saw what he did and it wasnt saving her it was going after the crazy man, she needs to stop trying to get her 15min of fame!!!!

Danish Girl - 7/21/2012 7:03 PM
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Seriously, you are so anxious to get a news story that you do not even check all of the facts B4 having a "dramatic" interview with the "widow"?? Immediately, after on YOUR OWN NBC National News, they say he died saving his "girlfriend". Immediately, thereafter you broadcast the "wife" badmouthing the the woman he saved??? Talk about TABLOID reporting.

nubgnngs42 - 7/21/2012 12:21 PM
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In other words, stick a microphone and camera and light in their faces and then ask them, "how does it feel to have someone in your family killed"?
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