Alex Teves, a 24-year-old man originally from Arizona, was one of the victims in the Aurora movie theater mass shooting.
Teves was living in the Denver area, after graduating from the University of Denver. The university released a statement that said:
"It is with great sadness that we share with you the tragic loss of a recent graduate student, Alex Teves, in the senseless shooting at an Aurora movie theater.
"Alex, a Phoenix, Ariz., native, graduated in June of this year with an MA in Counseling Psychology within the Morgridge College of Education.
"Our deepest condolences are with Alexs family and friends, including the many current students and faculty who knew and worked with Alex.
ABC News reported that Teves went to see 'The Dark Knight Rises' with his girlfriend Amanda and a friend named Caitlin.
Teves' father, Tom Teves, told ABC News that his son had blocked his girlfriend from a bullet when he was himself shot and killed
His father told ABC that he would do anything to save his girlfriend.
A Twitter feed that appears to belong to Teves friend, Caitlin, highlighted her hopeful search for her friend in the movie theater following the aftermath of the shooting.
"Shots fired in the theater " read one tweet, followed by " Im outside, one of my friends is inside. No one knows whats going on."
Caitlin, @dingos8myTARDIS, continued to thank followers for prayers as Alex remained missing.
"Alex didnt make it," Caitlin tweeted hours later. "Alex Teves was one of the best men I ever knew. The world isnt as good a place without him.
She described him as being an Arizona basketball fan and that he "died a hero."
Other Twitter users tweeted notes in memoriam of Teves as news spread that he was one of the victims claimed in the shooting that killed 12 people.
Teves' father told ABC that he had "a heart of gold."
A neighbor of the Teves family said Alex had two younger brothers.
Teves was buried in Arizona on July 24, following a private family memorial.