Thursday, July 26, 2012

"...missed but never forgotten"

Just saw this KSAT tribute to Jessica.
The sports reporter, Larry Ramirez, couldn't hold back tears as he talked about making Jessica an honorary member of their sports department.

 Jessica Ghawi scholarship fund 
Below is information released by Jessica's family:

Help Us Build Futures from Tragedy On July 20th, a gunman entered the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado and began firing. The aftermath, 12 dead and over 70 injured.
Jessica Ghawi, aka @JessicaRedField was one of those victims.
Jessica was an aspiring sports broadcaster who moved to Colorado only a year before to pursue her dream of a career in sports journalism.
We ask that you help us kick start the Official Jessica Redfield Sports Journalism Scholarship Fund.
Jessica was an avid blogger and tweeter, and we hope we can show how powerful social media can be during times of tragedy.
Why This Cause?
Jessica worked several jobs in order to keep going to school here in Denver, and worked as many intern positions with the different teams and media stations to prepare for a career that was cut way too short.
Jessica had moved to Aurora only a month ago in order save money to help keep chasing her dream of being a sports broadcaster.
The Jessica RedField Sports Journalism Fund will be seed money for the scholarship to help send another upcoming young sports talent to study journalism.
This is the official fund on behalf of Jessica's Family. Her brother Jordan Ghawi, and her mother Sandy Phillips.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't donate to the fund, please assist Jessica's cause by sharing this message on every social media platform you can. Let's show the power of social media for a great cause.
Thank You
 Click here to donate.

Video of Jessica I found on her brother's blog. 

Jordan Ghawi describes his sister's last moments, information given to him from the friend who was sitting beside her.

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.

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