There haven’t been many feel good stories revolving around the Aurora shootings. If you can read this one in particular, about four men who gave their lives shielding their girlfriends from the attack without tearing up then you’re made of some hard stuff.
Alexander Teves, 24, attended the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” with his girlfriend Amanda Lindgren, 24, and another friend.
When suspected gunman James Holmes opened fire in the sold out theater, Teves immediately lunged to block Lindgren from the gunfire.
“I was really, really confused at first about what was going on, so confused,” Lindgren told ABC News. “But, it’s like Alex didn’t even hesitate. Because I sat there for a minute, not knowing what was going on, and he held me down and he covered my head and he said, ‘Shh. Stay down. It’s ok. Shh just stay down.’ So I did.”
Less literally heroic, but also a bright spot for some of the wounded survivors of the attack came yesterday when Christian Bale visited with patients in hospital.
Hospital interim president Bill Voloch said Bale spent about 2½ hours at the hospital, where he met with five people being treated for their injuries. Two others came from Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, who stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” Voloch said to the Denver Post. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”
Nothing will erase the pain of the tragedy for anyone involved, but things like this, both big, giving your life to protect someone you love, and small, taking time out of your movie star life to make people smile, are a reminder that this isn’t necessarily a horrible piece of shit existence that we’re all sentenced to live through with indignity and suffering at every turn. At least not always. It can be easy to forget that sometimes.