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Friday 20 July 2012

Denver, Colorado shooting. Jessica Ghawi: the face of a tragedy

This is the face of one of those killed at the Denver shooting. Her name is Jessica Ghawi, and she was an aspiring sportscaster in the US.

Coulda been anyone. Wrong place, wrong time for Jessica.

Her Twitter account, updated only hours ago, tells of the evening she was to share with friends at the movies tonight, to see the midnight session of The Dark Knight Rises', the new Batman movie.

Under the Twitter name 'Jessica Redfield'- https://twitter.com/JessicaRedfield - Jessica did what many would do: plan an evening out with friends to be one of the first to enjoy the latest blockbuster. And Tweet about it.

Shocked eyewitnesses have reported the gunman opened fire at a midnight screening of the new Batman film and - devastatingly - shot a baby at point blank range, killing 12 [revised from 14] and wounding at least 50 others.

The man has now been identified by police as 24 year old James Holmes. 

When the 6ft tall man wearing a gas mask burst through the emergency exit of a movie theatre in Aurora [a suburb of Denver], Colorado, during a screening of the movie, some said they thought it had been part of the movie.

Alas, it was not. Seems real life is far more sinister than the movies these days. Deeply distressing stuff.

RIP to Jessica and the others who have died at the hands of this monster.

Read more on Jessica here: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/20/aurora-victim-jessica-ghawi-was-tweeting-just-before-her-death/


  1. Toronto Star and other Canadian media are reporting that a little over a month ago she narrowly avoided being caught up in another mass shooting, this time at the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto. Very sad.

  2. That is true, anon... and indeed, very sad. As I said, wrong place, wrong time. Not that it should have happened at all...