Stories of heroism, zest for life and a birthday celebration that turned tragic emerged as family and friends spoke of loved ones killed in Friday's mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater.
Almost all of the 12 victims were young - including a 6-year-old girl who had just learned to swim - with so much life ahead of them.
The cause of death in all cases is related to gunshot wounds, according to the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.
Jonathan T. Blunk, 26
Jonathan Blunk served five years in the U.S. Navy. He was supposed to fly Saturday to Reno, Nevada, to see his wife Chantel, his 4-year-old daughter and his 2-year-old son.
"We were going to have a family day," said wife Chantel Blunk.
Instead, she put away the dress her daughter had picked out to wear to the airport. "I tried to tell her we wouldn't see Daddy anymore, but that he would still love us and look over us."
The couple married in 2007 and separated in 2010, she said. The pair remained on good terms after Jonathan moved to Colorado. Blunk died shielding his girlfriend from the gunfire inside the theater.
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