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Aurora, Colo. Shooting: Hero died in movie theater while protecting girlfriend

A 2004 yearbook photo of Matt McQuinn, 27, who died while protecting his girlfriend in the shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski; WHIO
A 2004 yearbook photo of Matt McQuinn, 27, who died while protecting his girlfriend in the shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012.
David Zalubowski

(CBS/AP) Matt McQuinn was with his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and her brother Nick at the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" when a gunman burst into the theater, released canisters of pepper spray and opened fire.

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CBS Affiliate WHIO reports that, according to Samantha's grandmother, McQuinn and Nick Yowler tried to shield the young woman with their bodies. She suffered a bullet wound to the leg; Nick escaped physically unharmed.

But McQuinn, 27, died.

He and Yowler had met in Ohio and moved last year to Denver, where they worked at a Target store.

"They're really fun people," said co-worker Melissa Downen.

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