Alexander Jonathan “A.J.” Boik was just starting his life as a young 18-year-old when he was one of the 13 killed while attending the “The Dark Knight Rises” with his girlfriend on July 20th, 2012. She survived the incident. AJ had just graduated from Gateway High School where he was a catcher on the baseball team, and first chair viola in the orchestra. He 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. He was very talented and enjoyed baseball, making pottery, music and dancing for fun. He touched the lives of many classmates, peers, and teachers. He was friends with the geeks, the jocks and everyone in between. He became friends with everyone regardless of who they were or where they were from. He enjoyed his family and always brought a smile and quick wit to every occasion. AJ was loved by all who knew him. Being described as funny, intelligent and full of bright smiles. He wasn’t afraid to be himself. He was a ball of joy, never sad or depressed, he wanted everyone to be happy. AJ was a handsome young man with a warm and loving heart, loved by all who knew him.
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