Colorado Victim, Jessica Ghawi’s Chilling Story
This is one of the most chilling stories to come out of the shooting in Colorado. Jessica Ghawi Redfield, a victim of Friday's massacre, narrowly missed last month's shooting in Toronto that killed one person. An eerie feeling came over her that day. She left the Eaton Center with her sushi and poutine minutes before a gunmen opened fire on the crowd just a few feet from where she was sitting minutes before. She wrote about the experience in her last blog, a strange twist of fate and eerie coincidence that forshadowed exactly what we are thinking about her and the victims of this senseless tragedy.
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, an avid twitter user and blogger, showed her excitement for the premiere of the Dark Knight shortly before James Holmes opened fire and killed her. Her good natured jabbing at friends who didn't come to the theater makes this especially horrifying.
"Never thought I would have to coerce a guy into seeing the midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises with me" she tweeted.
"MOVIE DOESN'T START FOR 20 MINUTES" was her last tweet.
You're right, Jessica. Life truly is fragile and we are blessed. We will pray for you, your family and the rest of the victims and hope we never see a catastrophic event like this again.