DETROIT (WWJ) – One of the victims in the Colorado Batman movie premier massacre was born in Metro Detroit.
Jessica Ghawi was an aspiring broadcaster who was known by the name Jessica Redfield.
One of her jobs was blogging for Busted Coverage.com.
Her boss, Joe Kinsey of Toledo, said Ghawi was born in Michigan, but moved with her family to Texas as a child.
“Jessica just had a love a life that, you know, not a lot of people have. In that realm of loving life … she just had something about her personality that just exuded confidence and drive that you just love to see it,” Kinsey told WWJ Newsradio 950. “At 24 years old, she was just unreal.”
Kinsey said Ghawi loved all sports, especially hockey.
“Jessica really wanted to be involved anywhere she could in the sports world,” Kinsey said. “You know, she was interning in Denver in the radio business, she was looking for opportunities in TV — anything that she could do to further her name or to build a career she was doing.”
According to Kinsey, among the assignments Ghawi was hoping to cover was the upcoming Winter Classic NHL game at Michigan Stadium.
Coincidentally, Ghawi narrowly missed the recent shooting at the Eaton Center mall in Toronto. Just last month, she wrote a chilling blog post recalling her experience there.
“I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.” (Read the complete post here).
A gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver theater at the opening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.
The gunman, who is in custody, stood at the front of the theater and fired into the crowd about 12:30 a.m. (More on this story here).