The entire country was rocked Friday morning by the tragic news of a shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater showing a premiere of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. As of now, 12 are dead and 50 were wounded, according to the Denver Post. Whenever something this tragic happens, it touches a lot of different sectors of the country, with so many people knowing somebody that was affected.
The sports world, as it turns out, is no different.
One of the 12 dead is Jessica Ghawi, an NHL blogger who was rising in the reporting world. Known by most in the hockey world as Jessica Redfield, she had just moved from San Antonio to Denver and had become a correspondent covering the Avalanche. In a sad twist of fate, her last post on her personal blog was about how she barely escaped a shooting in Toronto in early June.
SB Nation's Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey mourned her death:
Jessica became my friend over the last year. She was starting a career in sports journalism, and I regularly picked her brain. She was granted the ever-elusive Avalanche press credentials, and from our seats, AJ and I often watched her doing her thing in the press box. She was smart, friendly, and amazing. A red head through and through, she was a ball of energy and fire, with a quick wit and an infectious personality.
Ghawi's boyfriend was Jay Meloff, an aspiring hockey player currently preparing to try out for the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League. Prior to the tragedy, SB Nation Denver profiled Meloff's journey in the CHL.
We wish Meloff, Ghawi's family and everyone that knew her well as they mourn her loss.