Gordon Foster Beaumont died attempting to save Virginia Hinkelman from an armed assailant, Kalamazoo, Michigan, November 3, 1978. When a man armed with a gun dragged her from her office into a hallway, Mrs. Hinkelman, 33, screamed for help. Beaumont, 26, food service manager, ran into the hall and pursued the assailant, who was dragging Mrs. Hinkelman toward a flight of stairs. Beaumont followed them into the stairwell, where the assailant fatally wounded him. The man later shot and killed Mrs. Hinkelman and himself.
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