Alex Matthew Sullivan, in a photo taken on his wedding day in 2011.
For Sullivan, July 20, 2012 was to be a weekend of fun: He planned to ring in his 27th birthday with friends at a special midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." The following Sunday would have been his first wedding anniversary.
"He was a very, very good young man," said Sullivan's uncle, Joe Loewenguth. "He always had a smile, always made you laugh. He had a little bit of comic in him. Witty, smart. He was loving, had a big heart."
In a statement Alex's family said it had lost "a cherished member."
"Alex was smart, funny, and above all loved dearly by his friends and family. . . . Alex was a gentle giant, known and loved by so many. He always had a glowing smile on his face and he made friends with everyone. Alex enjoyed all sorts of movies, was an avid comic book geek and loved the New York Mets."
Shelly Fradkin, whose son Brian was good friends with Sullivan, described Alex as "just a big teddy bear. Great hugs," she said.
She said Sullivan was such a big movie fan that he took jobs at theaters just to see movies.