In Mourning

On Friday, July 27, the body of Jonathan Blunk, a victim of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting was brought back to Reno. This was the first time I covered anything so closely related to a national story and the first time I covered an event where I encountered so much grieving.

I was told that the Patriot Guard would be escorting the body back to the Mountain View Mortuary along with family, and my plan was to photograph the motorcade as they traveled through one of downtown Reno’s largest parks. After I got my photos there I planned to meet up with them again at the mortuary to get more photos. As with most of my planning it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped.

Even with all the mishaps I was able to get the photos I needed, and it was definitely a learning experience for situations like this.

Jonathan Blunk’s body is escorted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department and the Patriot Guard down Arlington Avenue as they make their way to Mountain View Mortuary in Reno.

Members of the Patriot Guard escort Jonathan Blunk’s body down Arlington Avenue as they make their way to Mountain View Mortuary in Reno.

Jonathan Blunk’s casket is moved into the Mountain View Mortuary by Steve Flores (center) and members of the Patriot Guard in Reno.

Debbie Routson (center), of Reno and a Gold Star Mother, is consoled by Paula Fleming (left), of Sparks, and Penny Estrada (right), of Reno, after Jonathan Blunk’s casket is moved into the Mountain View Mortuary. This was Routson’s first time back to Mountain View Mortuary since her son’s funeral services in 2009.

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. V.E.G. August 2, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    There is a much bigger hero than Jonathan Blunk: Polish-born Ukrainian Jan Demczur. Demczur saved at least five lives by using a squeegee by prying the elevator door. After Demczur and the men left, five minutes after, the Twin Towers collapse in the worst mass murder in one day on anybody’s soil.

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