As bad it was to hear about what happened in Aurora, CO, the stories that are coming out make you feel like, yeah, there are some amazing people out there after all.
How many 19-year-old young men would stop in their escape from a gunman to help a young mother get her four-year-old and four-month-old children out of harm’s way?
I’m starting to think a lot, which is a really nice surprise, but there is one we know of for sure: 19-year-old Jarell Brooks.
As everyone scrambled for the exits, Brooks saw Patricia Legarreta trying to get out of the aisle with her four-month-old baby and her four-year-old daughter, who had been asleep when the shooting started. The little girl was sleepy and disoriented in the dark theater and had fallen down.
Brooks made sure the woman and her kids got into the aisle and crawled on top of Legarreta in an attempt to push her and the kids out the door. Both he and the young mother were shot, Brooks in the thigh, but both children were unharmed.
The young mother told ABC News, “It makes me feel glad because I felt helpless … It makes me feel happy to know that in times of trial, there are good people out there.”
We all feel the same way. Remember the name Jarell Brooks. Remember the heroes, forget the shooter.