Jessica Redfield (real name Jessica Ghawi) was an aspiring sportscaster admired by national hockey writer Jesse Spector.
On June 2, she instinctively escaped a Toronto mall shooting. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to escape the Dark Knight Rises shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado last night.
Hours leading up to the midnight showing, she tweeted with enthusiasm and excitement:
But during the horrific tragedy, Jessica was shot multiple times and passed away.
Her brother, Jordan Ghawi, blogged:
"I was able to contact the man that was with my sister, mutual friend Brent Lowak, who stated that they were in the theatre when an incendiary device was fired into the crowd and that shots rang out immediately afterwards. Brent further stated that he took two rounds and that my sister took one round followed by an additional round which appeared to strike her in the head. Brent has been transported with non-life threatening injuries to a local hospital. I am on the next flight out of San Antonio to Denver and have already [contacted] Aurora PD, operating jurisdiction, as next of kin."
So sad… Our thoughts are with you, Jordan.
Jessica was also an avid blogger. After the Toronto shooting, she wrote about the importance of life and how we should cherish every second of it:
"I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given."
The photo above shows Jessica and her new dog. According to her Twitter, she just got him on July 13th. So unbelievably sad…
We're so so sorry for all of the loved ones in mourning over the loss. Our heart not only pours out to you all, but to every friend and family member of the deceased twelve.
[Image courtesy of Jessica Redfield's Twitter.]
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