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Matthew McQuinn, 27, was among 12 victims fatally shot in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012.
Published in Mercury News from Jul. 21 to Aug. 20, 2012.
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November 27, 2019
Be at peace....
June 23, 2019
It is heartbreaking to know you are gone. What occurred on July 20, 2012 was a sad day for your family and the state of Colorado.
In lasting memory of Mr McQuinn.
Alex Lai
August 8, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
March 17, 2013
What a great guy!
Alex Demarsh
January 17, 2013
GOd Bless YOu
December 18, 2012
God Bless
August 31, 2012
All 12 of you will forever live in my heart.
God bless you! You are a hero.
Stephaney Wacker
August 20, 2012
I just read the USA Today 8-20-12 and have to say you are a Brave Soul Much respect man
Anthoney Moke
August 7, 2012
Matt, I never met you. But you died a hero. Rest in peace and I hope that your new home is infinitely (and I mean that literally) more fun than this one. Your courage has inspired me to view others in a different light.
Anne Gill
August 3, 2012
Love and thoughts go out to my extended Target family at T1471 for thier loss. Strength to the familes of all those who passed...
Target T1260
August 2, 2012
David Heath
August 2, 2012
July 30, 2012
Such a Vibrant, Beautiful , Heroic Soul May You Stay Young, Handsome and Loved Throughout the nation. May those who miss & love you be comforted knowing that you are with our father and you did not die you were just reborn into a new life , in a new world where no one can ever hurt you again, you will remain safe and protected for this is not a good-bye but we will see you later Matt! but until then enjoy paradise ........
S Ojukwu
July 29, 2012
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
James-Carolyn Lewis
July 29, 2012
r.i.p. matt, may god be with you and your, kristi lee, colorado
July 29, 2012
I do not know your family, but my prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to all of you. I also pray for Samanatha Yowler's full recovery and for God to help all of you through this.

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Prater
July 29, 2012
Matt will always be remembered as a Loving Person and a Hero. We are so sorry that he is gone, but he will always be in everyone's hearts and thoughts and never forgotten. Our prayers are with your family.

Linda Geiger, Springfield, OH
July 29, 2012

My heart goes out to you & your family.
Trish Feagans Coy Kniceley
July 29, 2012
I offer my prayers to Matthew's family. I too lost a family member in that senseless shooting and share your pain. May you find peace one day.
July 28, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Matt McQuinn.I didn't know Matt, however listening to all the wonderful things spoken about him in the media and the incredible bravery and selflessness he showed protecting his girlfriend, shows us all what an amazing person he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you deal with your unspeakable grief. Sandy C. (Ottawa,Canada)
July 28, 2012
We lost one of the good guys. He was a hero from Ohio. Goodbye Matt rest in peace.
Dennis Ignet
July 28, 2012
my prayers for this family and for Samantha, this hasnt sunk in yet, and I who just lost my own boyfriend in April of this year (3 months and I am still in deep mourning. It's difficult and painful and hard to grasp for a long time.
I think Matt was an amazing young man! I as a Christian know he is with his Lord.
what a loss!
Bless you Matt, always, Vee, Colorado
Veronica Herrera
July 28, 2012
I didn't know Matt but I will never forget his bravery in laying his life down to save someone he loved. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this time, our hearts break with you and for you. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers.
July 28, 2012
My heart and prayers are with you and your family.
Stacey Alvarez
July 28, 2012
God bless !!
July 28, 2012
Gods light is shinning on you now.
July 28, 2012
July 28, 2012
I agree with S Silvers and so many of the nice folks who have made entries into Matt's guestbook. I, too, want to offer my condolences to his friends and family and all who knew him. Heaven just gained another angel.
Joan Wotring
July 28, 2012
we are so sorry for your loss,what a hero he was,you are all in our prayers,love to you all
chrissie mccarthy
July 28, 2012
I never met Matt or knew anyone related to him, but i did grow up in the greater Dayton,Ohio area i just wanted to send my sincere condolences to his friends and family. Rest in eternal peace Matt, heaven gained another hero.
Sarah Stivers
July 28, 2012
Prayers for your family from ours
Deborah Crader
July 28, 2012
Though I've never met Matt or any members of his family, I just had to write something in his guestbook. Port Charlotte Florida is my home, but I, along with so many, wish Matt a smooth transitionn into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. May He help his family through the weeks and months to come with their grieving and sorry.
Joan Wotring
July 28, 2012
Heaven has gained another HERO!
July 28, 2012
Reggie&Mattie Julian
July 28, 2012
What a brave hero you in heart surely does go out to your loving family.God bless
judy pillers
July 28, 2012
Dear family, my deepest sympathy is with you, it is unbearable to lose your son in such a shocking way, may we all have some of the courage and compassion that Matthew showed and that the world needs
Evert Bos
July 28, 2012
Jerri, aunt Thelma, uncle Bob n the rest of the family, my thoughts n prayers are with you all during this tragic time, but he died a hero saving the love of his life, which shows that he a an average everyday hero, he was the type of hero that the younger generation will look upto and want to be like, Love n God Bless you all n May God hold you all in his grasps.
Julie Wiseman-Reed
July 28, 2012
It was an unselfish deed you did, and for that you paid the ultimate price. May your family and loved ones take comfort in the fact that you saved anothers life. Rest in peace, sir.
B Redick
July 28, 2012
Matt you are a hero! My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.You will never be forgotten.
Jamie Lynch
July 28, 2012
not many people leave this earth with the dignity and heroism as this young man it is sad and unfair i hope the people that he touched in life will always remember him and the legacy that he has left behind although i did not ever know him i still feel the sting of the tragic circumstances that he endured and hope that his family can stay strong and always remember the sacrifice that he matts parents you did a good job and it seems you raised a great man.i am sorry for your loss.
mike carrico
July 28, 2012
My heart and prayers go out to all your friends and family. You will be missed so much. May you rest in peace.
Ina Wynn
July 28, 2012
Matt is a hero and always will be for eternity. I never knew him but his actions touched me deeply. He protected what he loved as a true man would do. He will never leave my heart and hope one day to tell him so.
July 28, 2012
To the family,
Matt died with honor. I will always cherish the times I had with him in youth group and in the young adult ministry at Maiden Lane. His permanent smile and infectious laughter will never be forgotten. God Bless you all and you will all be in my prayers through this difficult time.

I will miss you man. You always had a way of making me laugh no matter how bad of a day I was having and you had my back through anything. I thank God for the time I had spent with you. Rest peacefully in the arms of the ULTIMATE FATHER. I'll see you again buddy.
Gary Baker
July 27, 2012
sorry to hear all this bad news...prayers with all.
leiloni picard
July 27, 2012
I never met the man, but am proud that men like him still exist
RIP Matt McQuinn
July 27, 2012
Rest in Peace Matt. You were very brave.
July 27, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family.We are sorry for your loss.
July 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with both families during this time. May you RIP Matt.
Melisha Watt
July 27, 2012
Family and friends can give us a degree of comfort. At times, however distress are beyond human remedies. Only God can give us comfort regardless of how distressing our situation may be. His word assures us He is near and hears our cry for help. (Psalm 145:18-19) But to receive Gods support and comfort, we must place our trust in him and he will become a secure height for anyone crushed, a secure height in times of distress, he will certainly not leave those looking for him.(Psalm 9:9-10)
July 27, 2012
No greater gift,than to give up your life,for someone else.Thank you Matt,for giving the ultimate gift.Rest in the arms of Jesus.
Debby Colville
July 27, 2012
I only meet Matt a few times when Sam brought him in to work.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and Sams.He is a True Hero for his selfless act to save Sam. May he rest in peace.Thank You Matt.
Angela McClure
July 27, 2012
Rest In Peace young man.

A Dad
July 27, 2012
Though I did not know Matt, I am from springfield, and my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and his girlfriend, He is a hero and. May he rest in peace.
July 27, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Deborah Perkins
July 27, 2012
I may not know the hero's of this terrible act of violence, but my heart goes out to them just the same. God had a plan and even though we can not understand it now, we will when the time comes. I will pray for the McQuinn family and also for Samantha that God will give them peace and understanding.
Melissa Taylor
July 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers goes out
to Matt's Family.
Matt, I love you and your family
all my Heart and Soul!
Matt, You are in the arms of
JESUS And may you rest in peace.
Sandi Pierce
July 27, 2012
My heart breaks for your family in this very devastating time. Matthew died a hero. I can only guess he lived as a hero. People's true qualities come forward in times of need! God bless you.
Lucy Smith & family
July 27, 2012
our prayers goes out to matt and his family may god keep u in his arms thru this hard time our hearts goes out to the family
joy and family
July 27, 2012
I was a cheerleader for the Enon Knights when Matt played football. We went to Enon Elementary together. I wanna say that I am very honored to hear that he died protecting the one he loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to Matt's family, Samantha and her family during this time of grief.
Jenny Reynolds (Brugger)
July 27, 2012
We are so very sorry for your loss. We are also praying for healing for Samantha Yowler. May God hold you in His arms at this time.
We are formerly from Springfield, Ohio and our children went to Graham with Nick and Samantha
Tammy & Lyndel Navarro
July 27, 2012
Please accept my warm thoughts and sympathy in the loss of you son....Who died a hero <3
Judy Thompson
July 27, 2012
An amazing individual whose bravery in the face of a terrifying event should be commended. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.
victoria cruey
July 27, 2012
To Matt's family and friends. Our deepest sympathy. May God hold you within his arms threw this trying time.
Martha & Ed
July 27, 2012
Our prayers are with you for your continued sorrow in this tragic time. We will continue to lift you all up through this sad time. Kayla, we love you!
July 27, 2012
No words can express how sorry I am that this has happenned. I know that Jesus does intercede on our behalf. I pray that your family and friends can feel the peace that only God can provide.
July 27, 2012
The Lord bless and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you. The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace. My heart grieves for you and your loss. Although I know we have never met, I just wanted to let you know that many prayers are being sent up on your behalf. May God give you peace, strength, and comfort during this time of tragedy.
Jeff Smith
July 27, 2012
I am so sorry this happened to you Matthew. May you find peace with the Lord.
Lorraine Lucero
July 27, 2012
Matt's family, please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one :(
Rocio Goytia
July 27, 2012
I do not know you folks but I just wanted to say that my heart goes out to all of you and I have been praying for you. Matt died a hero. I know it does not make it any easier knowing that but, I hope it gives you some comfort knowing that Matt is in a better place. You have my deepest sympathy and I will continue to keep all in my prayers.
July 27, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories of all the good things about Matt be a source of strength at this time. In time of crisis, ordinary people do extraordinary things and thus was the case of Matt saving those he loved.
Penny Comer, retired Vandalia-Butler teacher
Penny Comer
July 27, 2012
To all the family and friends of Matt McQuinn my deepest sympathy goes out to each and everyone of you. Matt and I went to school together when he was living in Enon. And I also cheered for him for the Enon Pee Wee Knights. I can't even imagine what you guys are going through but I know God will help each and every one of you by trying to heal your pain. HE died a true Hero by putting his line on the line to save Samantha. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Jenny (Cromlish)Inman

Also I would like to give my sympathy for my family as well as we go to the Maiden Lane Church of God at West Enon, and my daughter Goes to Educare at the main Church. They all want to give your family their thoughts and prayers. Heaven has recieved another angel and he will forever be in our Hearts.

~Justin, Jenny(Cromlish) and Brooklynn Inman~
~Linda Shook~
~Robert and Tammy Cromlish~
~Will, Heather(Cromlish)and Grayson Shingler~
Jenny Inman(Cromlish)
July 27, 2012
My heart goes out to Matthews family & friends and all the other families involved in this horrible tragedy. May God grant you strength and courage to get through this tragic time.
christine nardico
July 27, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family through this tragedy.
July 27, 2012
I wish me and my friends knew what to say....we hope we will have someone who loves us as much as matt loved her.....
July 26, 2012
R.I.P. Matt. Gone but NEVER forgotten!!
Kaitlynn Wilson
July 26, 2012
I was fortunate to know Matt and Eric by coaching them in the Vandalia Summer Baseball program. I remember all the laughs like it was yesterday. He was always a good friend to everyone that he knew and very respectful. I am deeply sadden to lose one of my kids. It is not a suprise that he is a HERO. Eric and families and friends have my deepest sympathy.
You will be in my prayers

with christian love
Nick Barnes
July 26, 2012
I am praying for the families everyday. I am so sorry for your loss.
July 26, 2012
I was very saddened to hear of Matt's death. My Prayers are especially with Jerri, Richard and the rest of Matt's family. (Former member with Jerri & Richard at Maiden Lane)
Madeline Schief
July 26, 2012
Christina Baas
July 26, 2012
To the family of this HERO,

I am so sorry for your loss. I personally did not know Matt but I know many people who did. Just from reading about him I have learned that he was a wonderful person and a very brave person. I wish there was something I could say or do to take away the pain but there isn't...But please know that I am praying for your family and all of those who knew and loved Matt...I have been praying for you all and will continue to do so for the weeks that lie ahead.
Melissa Warner
July 26, 2012
"Matt and I crosed paths a few times at our mutual hang out place, Casa Vallarta in Aurora, CO. In the brief couple times we chatted I found out he was a great, loving and humble guy and I always looked forward to seeing him and talking with him more. There's a reason why Matt and my paths crossed, though unaware of the exact reason, I do know Matt has taught me to live life in love towards others. I made bracelets with his intials on them to give to my other friends who knew with at Casa Vallarta. He will be missed. I pray for your family, God be with you all."
Kayla Henry
July 26, 2012
Always in our hearts. You will be missed greatly. May God Bless Your Family.
Pam Raines
July 26, 2012
Sorry for your loss.
Maria T
July 26, 2012
To Mathew's family,

I mourn and pray with you in the loss of your son. May you find peace and comfort knowing he is with his father in heaven who loves him.

Diana Smith
Dayton, OH
July 26, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Kenneth-Sherri Page
July 26, 2012
Although I did not know you personally, I know it would have been a pleasure. You are a true hero. May God bless your family and friends and give them comfort and peace during this healing process.
Sherri Crabtree
July 25, 2012
Our prayers are with you. God bless.
Springfield Family In Southern
July 25, 2012
Dear Matt, Your courage and honor was with you in everything you did. Thank you for being such an inspiration and hero to all of us. With much love and rememberance to you always, Pastor Dan and Debra
Dear Matt's Family, Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. We are deeply sorry for your tremendous, loss. Our prayers are with you for comfort and healing.
Love in Christ, Pastor Dan and Debra Capperrune
Dan and Debra Capperrune
July 25, 2012
Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel for Matt's family and Samantha and her family. May you feel God's love and the love and support of the community during this difficult time.
Becky, John and Emily
July 25, 2012
To Matt's family. Please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one. May God surround you with His peace and comfort at this very difficult time.
Marc and Sue Murray
July 25, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Karen Kestner
July 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Although I did not know Matt, I would definitely been honored to know such a heroic man! He definitely has a special place in heaven with god for what he did. You raised such a wonderful man. God bless!
Heidi Green
July 25, 2012
I did not personally know you but you worked at Teleperformance, as did I at some point, and you were a great friend to my friend George. Your loss has hit a lot of people, you deserve all the respect! You did something amazing, too bad it had to be the end of your life. To the family, girlfriend, and friends of Matthew : Remember, he is only gone from this world, he is looking down on everyone still.
Sarah Prakup
July 25, 2012
Catherine Moore
July 25, 2012
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Matt. He rests in the arms of the angels as God watches over him.
Lora Bell
July 25, 2012
Jeri my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.I am so sorry for your loss.Your son is a true hero.
Debbie Baldwin
July 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Jeri and all of her family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss!
Tammy Wilt
July 25, 2012
Matt a true Hero as many were the day you was taken so suddenly from all of your Family and Loved ones .May our Lord comfort all of you in your time of need.RIP Matt
Bob nDebbie
July 25, 2012
R.I.P Prayers for all affected by this tragedy May you find peace and comfort

The Parkers
July 25, 2012
A true hero to give his life for another <3 You are a treasure in our hearts and minds and we will honor the memories, those of us that knew you were fortunte to have. Many prayers to your family and dear friends. May God comfort you all.
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