A True Hero: 19-Year Old Jarrell Brooks Helps Young Mother & Her Kids Escape "Dark Knight Rises' Massacre After Being Shot *UPDATE* Boyfriend Had Abandoned Fiance & Kids [Video]


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A Colorado teenager who survived the mass shooting at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora Thursday morning helped keep a young mother, her young child and her 4-month-old infant safe even though he was injured himself.


Jarell Brooks, 19, has been released from Denver General Hospital and is now recovering at home after he suffered a gunshot wound to the leg after James Holmes, once a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado, allegedly set off smoke bombs and opened fire on the unsuspecting audience, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 in the attack. He was quickly apprehended by authorities.


Brooks said that when Holmes started shooting everyone scrambled for the exits. While trying to get out of the theater, he saw a woman, later identified as Patricia Legarreta, struggling to get herself and her two children out. He said he crawled on top of Legarreta in an attempt to push her and the kids out the door but then couldn't get out himself.


Brooks told ABC News that even though he's recovering at home, he is still shaken by the attack.


"At the end of the aisle, I ran into a woman. She yelled, 'My kids!' and I saw she had two young kids with her," he told ABC News. "I made sure they got in the aisle and pushed behind her to make sure she got out of there."


That's when Brooks said he felt a shot to his leg. Brooks said he was shot in the thigh, and fell to the ground.

Patricia Legarreta was also hit.


"We fell together," Brooks said. "I picked myself back up and continued to the back exit door, on one leg."


Legarreta was at the movies with her fiance and their two young children that night when she was shot. Her infant son was on the floor but wasn't hit.


"I was thinking, I have to get this family out, without getting hit myself. I managed to do one," Brooks told ABC News.


Legarreta was hit with buckshot and released from the hospital Friday morning. She is now recovering at home, where she spoke with ABC News and confirmed what happened -- that when she stood up to move her daughter, she was shot, and Brooks hit the ground with her.


She said that she remembered yelling, "I got hit," and Brooks screaming in pain.


The young mother said that after the shooting stopped she didn't really know what happened but was relieved to know that there were young men like Brooks in the world.


"It makes me feel glad because I felt helpless," she said. "Everybody at that moment was going through it, and to know that someone had that mindset, it makes me feel happy to know that in times of trial, there are good people out there."


Source: ABC News




The reason Patricia Legarreta was alone in the theater with her two young children is because her boyfriend/fiance, Jamie Rohrsran out of the theater leaving them to fend for themselves. The boyfriend actually got outside safely to his truck. Patricia later called him so he could come back to the theater and pick her and his kids up.


If not for Jarrell Brooks who knows what might have happened to her and the kids.


The boyfriend later proposed to Patricia and she said yes.



Patricia Legarreta and Jarrell Brooks talk about how Jarell saved Patricia and her kid's lives



Jamie Rohrs tries to explain why he left his fiance and his two kids behind in the theater while a gunman was killing people



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Comment by Moz on July 26, 2012 at 9:59pm
Of course he left them lol. I'm thinking the update was saying he canceled the proposal
Comment by NetGuruINC on July 26, 2012 at 12:02pm
First of all who takes an infant to a loud a** batman movie in the first place? That baby should of been at home to begin with. SMDH
Comment by NetGuruINC on July 26, 2012 at 12:00pm
Damn so whats gonna happen if a robber breaks in their house? This niqqa gonna be the first one out the window. SMDH
Comment by opinionguy2011 on July 25, 2012 at 11:46pm
Comment by Lyds on July 24, 2012 at 11:07pm
Whats she thinking anyways? What a dumb a** hoe, dont she realize that her man left her & their kids to get shot? She had a angel watchin over her, atleast Jarrell was there for her and her kids..
Comment by SPIN GANG on July 23, 2012 at 3:07am
how can you leave your girl, and children?? plus why you have a infant at a midnight show? Dumb a** could have waited to morning. Not only did he leave like a b**** but this b**** a** drove home or some s***. lol she had to call for this niggga. SALUTE TO JARRELL BROOKS! THESE TWO DESERVE EACH OTHER, SMH.
Comment by Kevin Ojeda on July 22, 2012 at 11:19pm
damn how could you leave them behind like that? and she still said yes?!?!?! damn idk man
Comment by 505 on July 22, 2012 at 12:22pm
How could u have left your girl and kids behind man!
Comment by 505 on July 22, 2012 at 12:21pm
That's not right for him to have done that in my opinion.
Comment by Craig on July 22, 2012 at 11:13am
jamie rohrs is a helmet, but lets not forgot the real hero Jarrell Brooks

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