One Victim of Theater Shooting Worked at Local Denver-Area Radio Station; She Barely Avoided a Mall Shooting a Month Ago NPR
Jessica Ghawi, 24, who went professionally by the name of Jessica Redfield, was one of the 12 victims of the shooting massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Col, early today, July 20, 2012, according to a number of media reports.
She worked for Mile High Sports in the Denver area, which has an an and fm station as well as a website.
Ironically, "By just minutes, Jessica Ghawi escaped a mass shooting in Toronto [on a Saturday] just last month.She chronicled that experience on her blog," reports NPR. "She wrote that at 6:20 p.m., she bought a burger but instead of sitting down to eat it at the Eaton Centre [mall] food court, she went outside to get some fresh air.'The gunshots rung out at 6:23,' she wrote. 'Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of gunfire.' "
Ghawi continued about hier close brush with death, "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."
The NPR story says the according to Jordan Ghawi, Jessica's brother, the shooter at the theater in Aurora "opened fired and Jessica took one shot and then another which 'appeared to strike her head.'
A personal remembrance about Ghawi, by Jesse Spector of the Sporting News can be found here. Another remembrance by a colleague of Ghawi's at Mile High Sports can be found here. Jordan Ghawi also talks about his sister on his website, if you click here
Jessica Ghawi (Redfield)