Family: Ahwatukee man died shielding girlfriend from theater gunfire

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Alex Teves, 24, died in the shooting massacre at an Aurora, CO movie theater. Alex Teves, 24, died in the shooting massacre at an Aurora, CO movie theater.

The family of a Ahwatukee-native who was killed in the mass shooting in Colorado last week is mourning the loss of who they call a true hero.

Alex Teves, 24, died protecting his girlfriend from the gunman who opened fired in a movie theater during the midnight premiere of Dark Knight Rises.

Teves' family released the following statement on Monday afternoon:

The Teves family is saddened by the death of their son Alex, he was an amazing son, brother, friend, nephew, grandson and hero. Alex Teves died in the movie theater attacks in Colorado early Friday morning.

Alex received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology and more recently received his masters degree from the University of Denver in psychological counseling. He was an avid Arizona Wildcats football/basketball fan, an exceptionally loyal friend, and loving son. Alex was studying for a career in physical therapy at the time of his death.

Alex was a true hero, shielding his beloved girlfriend from the gunfire during the attack in the Theatre. Alex's last act of heroism is a testament to his character, his selflessness, and unending compassion for those he loved. Alex had the heart of a lion but it was made of gold, always willing to help anyone.

The Teves family extends their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the other families and victims involved in the tragedy. Memorial Services in New Jersey and Arizona will be held at a date to be determined. The family requests privacy as they work through this difficult time.

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