Friday, July 20, 2012

In Memory of Jessica Ghawi Redfield and Other Aurora Shooting Victims

My heart breaks for Jessica Ghawi, her family
and other the other victims of the Aurora
shooting. (Photo: Jordan Ghawi's blog.)
Look at this beautiful young girl, drink in hand. Toasting to life, I bet she was.

This is Jessica Ghawi Redfield.

She graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio and had just gotten a job in Denver, primarily covering hockey, according to ABC's report.

She was going to be a godmother on August 6th. And she sucked in her belly when she passed through TSA's scanners. And requested that "If you have a son as a result of a hook up after reading the 50 Shades of Grey books, please name him Greyson just for the irony."

And now she's gone, killed in the early morning massacre at a movie theater in Colorado.

This comes shortly after her narrow escape of a Toronto shooting in a crowded mall food court, which she wrote about on Twitter, according to ABC.

Ghawi attended a midnight viewing at the theater with her friend Brent Lowak, who may be the guy she referred to when she tweeted, "Never thought I'd have to coerce a guy into seeing the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with me."

Ghawi's brother, Jordan, has blogged objectively about the horrible situation. He released this statement via his blog:

Jessica and Brent were seated in the middle portion of the theatre when a device was thrown into the theatre that produced a “hissing” sound. The theatre than began to fill with smoke which is when patrons began to move from their seats. At that time, shots were fired. Brent and Jessica immediately dropped to a prone position for cover. Jessica advised multiple times for someone to call 911, which Brent immediately attempted to do. Brent then heard Jessica scream and noticed that she was struck by a round in the leg. Brent, began holding pressure on the wound and attempted to calm Jessica. It was at this time that Brent took a round to his lower extremities. While still administering first aid, Brent noticed that Jessica was no longer screaming. He advised that he looked over to Jessica and saw what appeared to be an entry wound to her head. He further stated that Jessica presented with agonal respirations. Brent then took what may have been his only chance to escape the line of fire and exited the structure where he then contacted my mother. Brent’s actions are nothing but heroic. The veracity of any other statements not issued by myself or Peter Burns should be questioned.

Before the movie, she tweeted to her friend, Jesse Spector, "MOVIE DOESN'T START FOR 20 MINUTES." Minutes before that she'd called him a loser for not seeing the film at midnight.

Some five hours ago, Spector tweeted about the tragedy for the first time. "Words are useless. Guns more so. If you ever had any interaction with @JessicaRedfield, you know the world is much worse off without her," he wrote. About three hours ago, he wrote a piece about the young woman, his friend, for AOL's Sporting News.

I'm completely horrified by her death -- and the death of at least a dozen others -- in this senseless, abrupt way. I know others are freaked out, too. My friend Cara says she's been curled up in a ball all day. And it doesn't help that inconsiderate assholes are writing things like "Where is your God now?" and "When The Dark Knight Rises begins, then you may die."

It's a scary world we live in. Today I'm not feeling so happy. More knotted-stomach, totally sick feeling.

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