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article imageBizarre twist of fate for victim of Colorado shooting

By Darren Weir
Jul 20, 2012 in Crime
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Aurora - An aspiring sportscaster from Texas, one of the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, had just written a blog about her close call in a shooting in Toronto's Eaton Centre last month.
KENS5-TV in Texas reports Jessica Ghawi, who went by the name Jessica Redfield, had recently moved to Denver from her home in San Antonio, Texas. But in June she was in Toronto and just narrowly missed getting caught in a hail of bullets in the Eaton Centre shopping mall. She had just written a blog post about how she had a gut feeling to get out of the food court area, moments before the shooting began.
She writes, "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."
"My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20 pm. After that purchase I said I felt funny. It wasn’t the kind of funny you feel after spending money you know you shouldn’t have spent. It was almost a panicky feeling that left my chest feeling like something was missing. A feeling that was overwhelming enough to lead me to head outside in the rain to get fresh air instead of continuing back into the food court to go shopping at SportChek. The gunshots rung out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would’ve been in the midst of gunfire."
But when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in a Colorado theatre, killing 12 people and injuring another 50, Ghawi was among those that lay dead.
She had tweeted earlier in the day how she had to convince a friend to attend the premiere screening of the Batman movie.
Final tweets of Jessica Ghawi aka Jessica Redfield before she was killed in Colorado shooting
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Final tweets of Jessica Ghawi aka Jessica Redfield before she was killed in Colorado shooting
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And her very last tweet, came from inside the theatre, just minutes before the shots rang out.
Final tweets of Jessica Ghawi aka Jessica Redfield before she was killed in Colorado shooting
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Final tweets of Jessica Ghawi aka Jessica Redfield before she was killed in Colorado shooting
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Now friends, colleagues and complete strangers are paying tribute to Ghawi with numerous tweets, offering their condolences.
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