As we learn more information about the victims of the July 20th shooting in Aurora, CO at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” it has come to my attention that one of the victims, Matt McQuinn, killed while protecting his girlfriend and her brother, was a big Avenged Sevenfold fan. The band has posted the following note on their Facebook regarding the news:
The July 20 shooting in Aurora, CO has had a ripple effect around the world as well as within the A7X community. One of the victims, Matt McQuinn, was a fan of Avenged Sevenfold. He was killed trying to protect his girlfriend and her brother. We consider him, just like we consider all of you, a part of our family. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved Matt, and to all of the rest of the victims of this horrible tragedy.
A fund has been set up by friends of Matt’s parents to cover his final expenses: http://www.giveforward.com/mattmcquinn
A CNN iReport on Matt written by MariahLeeP delves a bit deeper into his love for the band:
MariahLeeP expresses that Matt will be missed by many, but his memory will be kept alive by all that knew and loved him. When she reflects on her friendship with him, she recalls that they were always laughing. “This kid was hilarious. We shared a love of the band Avenged Sevenfold, I remember one night he called me at like one in the morning to tell me there was a special on them on TV and I was so mad when he woke me up. We ended up on the phone for an hour watching them perform and interview. He was a huge fan of Avenged Sevenfold, their song “Seize the Day” is exactly how he lived his life and exactly how he went.