Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster and blogger, is one of the 12 reported victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday.
On the night she died, Ghawi (who went by @JessicaRedfield on Twitter) was excitedly Tweeting about the movie, and conversing with Jesse Spector, a national hockey writer for Sporting News. She had 2,957 followers with whom she shared everything from her opinions on the NHL to excitement over being named a godmother.
“The thing that stood out to me most about Jessica was how sharp-witted she was, and funny at that,” Spector told us exclusively after learning of her death. “It”s what made following her on Twitter so much fun. She was amazingly enthusiastic about hockey, journalism and life in general.”
“The fact that I only met her twice, but felt like I knew her for years, just goes to show how powerful of a personality she had online,” he continued. “She had such a bright future in this business, because people like that find a way to succeed.”
Ghawi”s brother Jordan, a student and firefighter, Tweeted, “this could easily be the worst night of my life,” and shared with followers a website he set up to track how he found out and his journey to Denver.
It appears that my sister has been fatally wounded in a mass shooting at a movie premiere in Denver, CO.
Jordan Ghawi (@JordanGhawi) July 20, 2012
Previous Mass Shooting EscapeJust last month, Ghawi wrote on her blog about narrowly avoiding the June 2 shooting at the Toronto Eaton Centre that killed 24-year old Ahmed Hassan.
“I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders” faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don”t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath,” she wrote at the time.
“I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing,” she wrote. “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.”