Black Teen Rescued Woman and Kids During ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting After Boyfriend Abandoned Them
The woman -who had been attending the screening of “Dark Knight Rises” with her boyfriend, young child, and 4 month old infant – found herself abandoned when the shooting began. Her boyfriend dropped their 7 month old on the floor, jumped from the balcony, and drove himself home.
Luckily, Jarell Brooks, 19, came to the woman’s aid.
While trying to escape the gunfire, Brooks says 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.
“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 both Brooks and Legarreta were shot.
“We fell together,” Brooks said. “I picked myself back up and continued to the back exit door, on one leg.”
“I was thinking, I have to get this family out, without getting hit myself. I managed to do one,” Brooks told ABC News.
Following is the ABC story which details the young teen’s bravery, which was exceptionally heroic considering the cowardice of the woman’s boyfriend.
Here is a CNN story where the boyfriend attempts to explain why he abandoned his family in the theatre:
A scholarship fund has been created for Jarell to honor him for his heroism. You can contribute to the fund by clicking here.
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