Jessica posted this picture to Twitter on July 13.
As we planned tonight’s show, one of the stories that affected everyone in the room was that of Jessica Ghawi, who used the professional name Jessica Redfield, a hockey writer and budding journalist who survived a mall shooting in Toronto only to be killed by a gunman in a Colorado movie theater. Our hearts go out to Jessica’s family, friends and community for their loss.
Cheryl Bradley, Jessica’s friend and co-worker, was kind enough to share her memory of the young woman whose life was cut so tragically short in Aurora.
Bradley wrote to “War Room” researcher Aaron Burgess:
Jessica was the kind of person you liked from the first minute you met her. Her warm nature and open heart would immediately draw you in, as evident by the outpouring of love for her across the hockey community. Her ambition was palatable, and her dedication to make her way into the sports journalism industry was an inspiration to all of us. A redhead through and through, she was a ball of energy and fire, with a quick wit and an infectious personality. I was only just beginning to really know her, and I feel cheated that she was taken away so soon in our friendship. The world lost someone who would have only made it a better place. She will be desperately missed by all of those whose lives were touched by her.
“My sister is a fighter … she’s listened to her heart. I want people to remember that heart and remember the good things that she’s done; remember that smile and what her possibilities, what her prospects, what she could have done in the future.
“This isn’t about polarizing debate or politicizing an event. This is a celebration of those who have been wounded or killed in these attacks. It’s time that we focus on that and attempt to move forward.”