U of A graduate is one of victims killed in Colorado Mass Shooting

Alex Teves showcased his althetic talent as he nailed a three point jump shot during halftime at a UofA basketball game in 2010.

U of A graduate is one of victims killed in Colorado Mass Shooting

CREATED Jul. 21, 2012

Reporter: Valerie Cavazos

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An Arizona family is grieving the loss of one of the victims in the Colorado mass shooting. A former Arizona Wildcat, Alex Teves, gave his life to save the life of the woman who he was supposed to marry.

Teves seemed to have so much going for him. His aunt, Barbara Slivinske, described him as  "a wonderful person, loving, caring, intelligent, good sense of humor, everybody loved him."

Teves graduated from the University of Arizona with a Psychology degree in 2010. Also that year -- he showcased his althetic talent as he nailed a three point jump shot during halftime at a UofA basketball game. Teves recently graduated with master's degree from the University of Denver and had plans to continue school to become a physical therapist. He was about to propose to his long-term girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren.

But his life was tragically cut short -- one of the victims in the mass shooting at a Colorado Movie Theatre on Friday. Teves was shot after he blocked his girlfriend from a bullet.

Slivinske said, "He was at the movies with his girlfriend. He pushed her out of harms way, but he wasn't able to get out of harm's way. He always put everything else ahead of himself ."

UofA Athletic Director Greg Byrne sent this tweet "Sad to hear that Arizona grad Alex Teves was killed in the terrible shooting in Aurora. Prayers go out to his family and friends."

Slivinske says Alex's parents are now trying to come to grips with the tragic loss of their son. "They are beside themselves, needless to say. Who thinks about making funeral arrangements for a 24-year-old? No parent does. It's not supposed to happen."

 

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