More funerals are planned this week in Aurora, Illinois, Nevada and Texas.
Two soldiers who died will be buried with full military honors.
Jonathan Blunk, 26, was a veteran who served five years in the U.S. Navy.
That was important to Blunk’s wife, Chantel, who said Blunk had been hoping to re-enlist. If he died, he wanted it to be in battle, she told CNN.
Blunk died while pushing a friend, Jansen Young, to the floor. “I think Jon just took a bullet for me, and I was thinking what a great hero he is,” Young told NBC’s “Today” show last Saturday. “He saved me, and he gave me the opportunity to live. He would have done it for anybody that day.”
“He is going to be remembered as a hero,” Chantel Blunk said.
Tomas Larimer, 27, a petty officer third class from Crystal Lake, Ill.and a Navy Cryptologist, had gone to see the “The Dark Knight Rises” with three other sailors, one of whom suffered minor injuries. [I hope they are doing well and our prayers go out to them and a quick recovery.]
“He was an outstanding shipmate, a valued member of our Navy team,” said his commanding officer, Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski. [Sacbee.com]
Larimer’s body returned home from Colorado Thursday. Members of the Illinois Old Guard, the Warriors’ Watch Riders and the Illinois Patriot Guard escorted hearses from O’Hare International Airport to Davenport Family Funeral Home.
The Crystal Lake South High School alum joined the Navy eight years after high school graduation and was stationed in Colorado. He was lauded by Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski as “an outstanding shipmate, a valued member of our Navy team and an extremely dedicated sailor.”
Family Mourns son John Larimer, killed inside a movie theater in Colorado by a gunman who went on a shooting spree.
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Larimer was at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora Friday with his shipmates and girlfriend, Algonquin native Julia Vojtsek, when a masked gunman burst into the theater and opened fire. Vojtsek said her boyfriend threw himself onto her and shielded her from the gunfire.
Larimer’s family began making arrangements for his return to Crystal Lake shortly after a Navy notification team informed them Saturday night that he’d died in the shooting.
“At this point our other son Noel is in Denver working with the Navy and the family here in Illinois to make arrangements to bring John home,” Larimer’s family said at the time in a press statement. “We respectfully ask that the family and friends of John be allowed time and privacy to grieve for John and we send our thoughts and prayers out to the families of the other victims and those still recovering in the hospital. [NBC Chicago]
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