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Nevada man killed in Aurora shootings mourned

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Jonathan Blunk, 26, was supposed to arrive in Reno Saturday night to see his four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. Instead, he was killed in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting early Friday morning.

"His little daughter had already picked out her clothes to go meet daddy at the airport," family spokesperson Amy DeGuzman, who served with Blunk in the Navy told FOX5.

DeGuzman told FOX5 Jonathan Blunk was protecting his friend Jansen Young when he was killed.

"He kind of pushed me in under the seat and push on me real hard and he was like laying up against me… and I was like oh my gosh, I think Jon just took a bullet for me," Young said during an interview on The Today Show Friday.

Blunk's wife Chantel Blunk said his sacrifice comes as no surprise.

"He always said if he was ever going to die he wanted it to be in battle and he wanted to be known as a hero to his kids," said Chantel Blunk.

Jonathan Blunk left Nevada to join the Navy.

Between 2004 and 2009, he served three tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea, working as an engineer on the USS Nimitz with DeGuzman.

"He was a really good man who was trying to do the right thing by everybody," DeGuzman told FOX5.

Jonathan Blunk returned to serve in the army reserves until 2010, and according to DeGuzman was hoping to re-enlist in the Navy to become a Navy Seal.

Now DeGuzman and many other of Jonathan Blunk's military friends are trying to raise money for his family, because he was so young and didn't have life insurance.

DeGuzman told FOX5 anything donated that is left over will be placed in a trust fund for his children.

To donate, the family asks that you give to the Jonathan Blunk Memorial Fund (account number 8966817325) at any Wells Fargo Bank or visit their Facebook page: 

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