The Ahwatukee man killed in the Colorado massacre is remembered as a kind man with a big heart. 24-year-old Alex Teves took a bullet for his girlfriend Amanda as he tried to protect her from the move theater gunman.
Two memorial services were held Saturday for friends and family. The first was at Corpus Christi Catholic Church where his dad spoke to reporters. Tom Teves gripped his son's ashes as he told the crowd what a good person Alex was. "He put people first, always. I'd like to encourage people to put people first. If we do that the world will be a better place.", said Teves.
With teary eyes he explained the loss of his son should serve as a reminder to treat other people with respect. "We might all want to take a step back and hug our kids. The next time we want to get angry at somebody maybe we'll think twice," said Teves.
The second memorial was held at Desert Vista High School, where Alex graduated. His former classmate Alex Tighe said that Alex was funny and kind to other students. He was known for wearing his signature fashion trademark, blue jeans and a white T-shirt. "Alex and I took Spanish together in high school. We sat around for a few hours after school and all I remember is laughing," Tighe said.
Hundreds of people attended the services. Most of them were wearing blue jeans and white T-shirts.
Teves, who also attended The Univesity of Arizona, recently earned his Masters in Psychology from the University of Denver.