COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Colorado theater shooting verdict hit close to home for a local family.
Samantha and Nick Yowler were in that theater in Aurora, and they live in Columbus now.
Scott and Ann Massie, their parents, live about 60 miles west of Columbus. They watched the verdict in the James Holmes case in their home in St. Paris.
They say they are not happy with what they heard.
Inside that theater in Colorado, Samantha Yowler sat with her brother Nick and her boyfriend Matthew McQuinn.
As the attack unfolded, Matthew jumped in front of the woman he hoped to marry. Nick shielded her as well.
Samantha was hit in the leg. She survived — but Matthew did not.
Her stepfather Scott said he was grateful for how hard the prosecution worked, but very dissatisfied with the verdict.
“There are really no words we can say to express our disappointment,” he said.
The sentence read one after another — life without parole.
Ann, Nick and Samantha’s mother, said something needs to happen.
“There needs to be a change when it is in regards to mass murder,” she said.
And her children?
“They don’t forget.”
McQuinn’s family lives in the Dayton area. His mother testified at Holmes’ trial, according to WDTN.
She called her son, “a caring person who loved to live life to the fullest. When people were down, he would lift their spirits.”