Gregarious McQuinn met girlfriend Samantha Yowler at the Ohio Target store where they both worked. When two jobs opened up at a Target store in Denver, where her brother Nick lived, they transferred as a couple. During the massacre, McQuinn and Nick Yowler covered Samantha with their bodies as soon as she was struck in the knee with a bullet. McQuinn was fatally shot. Samantha is expected to make a full recovery; Nick escaped injury.