Jessica Ghawi was one of the 12 people killed in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO in the early morning of July 20th, 2012 while attending a midnight showing of the latest “Batman” movie. Her brother Jordan is live blogging his experience as he’s made the trek to Colorado to claim his sister’s body.
From Jordan’s blog:
At approximately 0215 CST, I received an hysterical, and almost unintelligible, phone call from my mother stating that my sister, Jessica Ghawi, had been shot while attending the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Denver, CO. I was able to contact the man that was with my sister, mutual friend Brent, who stated that they were in the theatre when an incendiary device was fired into the crowd and that shots rang out immediately afterwards. Brent further stated that he took two rounds and that my sister took one round followed by an additional round which appeared to strike her in the head. At this time, I do not have confirmation that she is alive or dead. Brent has been transported with non-life threatening injuries to a local hospital. I am on the next flight out of San Antonio to Denver and have already contact Aurora PD, operating jurisdiction, as next of kin.
I will update this as more information becomes available to me.
0510: NBC news reporting 14 confirmed fatalities and 50 wounded
0630: Flying solo on SWA flight 218 to Denver
0745 (local): In Denver and on the way to Aurora to see Brent in the hospital.
0830 (local): Arrived at Children’s Hospital of Denver to see the man who was with Jessica. Difficult time obtaining access to see him due to heightened security. He is stable after being shot at least once. He was able to relay what happened in the theatre.
You can read much more and follow Jordan’s blog HERE.
Jordan is hoping that people will remember the names of the victims, like his sister Jessica, rather than the name of the shooter. As of the time of this posting, the names of only 2 of the other victims have been released, Alex Sullivan and Micayla Medek.
Jessica Ghawi, 24
Alex Sullivan, 27
Micayla Medek, 23
Alex Teves, 24
Matt McQuinn, 27
A.J. Boik, 18 On Facebook: Memorial page – “Remembering AJ Boik
John Thomas Larimer, 27 (U.S. Navy)
Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29 (U.S. Air Force Reserve)
Veronica Moser, 6
Jon Blunk, 26 (U.S. Navy veteran)
Rebecca Wingo, 32 (U.S. Air Force veteran)
Gordon Cowden, 51
Go to the Denver Post for more information on all of the deceased.
Go to the Aurora Sentinel for a partial list of some of the others that were injured in the shooting.
Jordan has done several interviews, as he explains in his blog, in an effort to give a face to the families of the victims rather than the shooter. Below are some of the interviews that Jordan has given with various media outlets.
First, an interview with Jessica’s Mom:
Jessica’s brother Jordan with Greta Van Susteren on FOX News:
Jordan with Don Lemon on CNN:
Jordan with Anderson Cooper on CNN:
Jordan with KUSA-Denver:
My sympathies to Jessica’s family and to the families of all of the victims in this inexplicable tragedy.
This post has been updated with the names of additional victims.
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