The devastating news of the Batman theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado has shocked and sickened people around the world. At least 12 people were killed, and one of those victims actually escaped a shooting at Eaton Centre last month in Toronto.
Jessica Ghawi recently moved to Denver from San Antonio, and she had survived last month's shooting. Ghawi, who tweeted NHL news under the pen name Jessica Redfield, tweeted shorting before the midnight screening of the movie, "Of course we're seeing Dark Knight. Redheaded Texan spitfire, people should never argue with me. Maybe I should get in on those NHL talks."
The woman also blogged under the same pen name, and in her final blog post she wrote, "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."
It is astonishing that Jessica Ghawi heeded her odd feeling and it saved her from being in the midst of a June shooting. Unfortunately, that odd feeling stayed with her, and she did not know why. Ultimately, she ended up losing her life in the Batman theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado doing something as simple and enjoyable as going to a midnight screening of Dark Knight Rises. What a tragic, senseless ending for this beautiful, bright woman.
She is one of at least a dozen senseless deaths from last night's awful rampage. Reportedly, 24-year-old James Holmes opened fire in a crowded theater for unknown reasons. Now everybody is left picking up the pieces and wondering why? Why? Why indeed? Why?