Mass Friday For Gateway High Grad Killed In Shooting

AJ Boik Killed In Aurora Theater Shooting

A memorial service and Mass is being held for another Colorado shooting victim.

Services are being held Friday in Aurora for Alexander "AJ" Boik. Boik graduated from Gateway High School this year where he played baseball, said a family friend.

In a statement the Boik's family said he "was a wonderful, handsome and loving 18-year-old with a warm and loving heart."

"He enjoyed his friends and family and always brought a smile and quick wit to every occasion. He was a talented young man who enjoyed baseball, making pottery and music," the family said.

Boik had planned on attending the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the fall.

His dream was to become an art teacher and open his own studio, his family said.

"He was dating a beautiful young lady who was with him at the time and we are blessed that she survived the incident," the family said.

"AJ was loved by all that knew him. We want to try and focus on the beautiful lives that were ended and not the evil that is responsible. This is a time for us to remember our loved ones and cherish the memories we have of them," the family said.

Jordan Crofter described Boik as someone who "didn't hold anything back. He was just his own person."

"He was a ball of joy. He was never sad or depressed. He wanted everybody to be happy," Crofter told The Associated Press.

Crofter said Boik played baseball from when he was a child through his junior year in high school.

He said Boik and his girlfriend were the "perfect couple" and people expected them to get married.

"If he were still here, he'd try to make everyone have a positive outlook of the situation and not allow it to affect their outlook of life," Crofter said.

His childhood best friend, Isaiah Maestas, says he and Boik frequently watched movies there and talked about their future.

“He always supported me in everything. He was never negative. He was always like ‘You can do this’ or 'Don't worry about it I can help you out,’” Boik said. Boik’s friends and family are now left to help each other cope, trying to shift focus from their loss to Boik’s uplifting life.

“It’s okay to grieve, but he’d want us to go out and live and just kind of be the positive spirit he was,” Maestas said. “You know, just kind of carry him with us.”

A Facebook page called "Remembering AJ Boik was created here: https://www.facebook.com/RememberAJBoiK

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