Family, friends remember victim of Colorado shooting

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The Arizona man who was among the victims in the Colorado movie theater shooting was remembered this weekend.

A memorial service for 24-year-old Alex Teves took place on Saturday in Phoenix.

“He put people first. Always. I want to encourage people to put people first, if we did that the world would be a better place,” said Alex’s dad Tom Teves.

Alex Teves routinely wore blue jeans and a white t-shirt to school. Friends and family honored Teves on Saturday by wearing that same outfit to his memorial.

Teves was one of 12 people killed on July 20 during a showing of the blockbuster Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado. He took a bullet while protecting his girlfriend from gunfire.

“The fact that he took a bullet for his girlfriend, how many people would ever do that? Let alone a young boy. He was a hero,” said Lynn Pettit, who attended Saturday’s memorial.

Memorial services have also been held in Ohio, Texas, and Illinois for victims of the shooting.

The man accused of opening fire on the movie theater, James Holmes, is currently in custody. He is set to be formally charged on Monday.