Beautiful, passionate, vibrant, full of life, witty, an unforgettable smile and a wicked sense of humor are all things friends and family reference when remembering 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi.
Jessica loved sports, especially hockey, and she aspired to be a successful sports reporter. She interned at 104.3 The Fan and Mile High Sports Radio, two Denver-based sports radio stations - the morning show host of the latter recalled how much she wanted to help others, such as those victimized by the Colorado wildfires. For her on-air career, Jessica went by the last name Redfield.
Jessica's brother, Jordan, who flew to Colorado just hours after the shooting said in interviews he wanted his sister remembered for everything she was, and not the tragic circumstances which surrounded her death.
"I want people to remember that heart and remember the good things that she's done; remember that smile and what her possibilities, what her prospectives, what she could have done in the future."
An active blogger and user of social network Twitter, it was only fitting that Jessica's boyfriend, Jay Meloff, would use twitter to express his emotions.
"Every experience in life was amplified beyond my wildest dreams with you"
Meloff is a junior league Hockey player out of Toronto whom Jessica had met over Skype while she was doing a story. He added the following, through another tweet.
"140 could never do you justice. Nor could all the words in this world. Never wanted to fall asleep because it meant missing time with you."
140 being the limit to the number of characters you can include in a single tweet.
Having avoided, by minutes, the shooting in a Toronto mall, Jessica had survived an experience which gave her a unique perspective regarding how random acts of violence can impact the way lives are lived. As she was an avid blogger, we can do no better than let her words speak for themselves.
"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. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.
I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. 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. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given."
- Jessica Ghawi, June 5, 2012.
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