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Prayers And Thoughts For Jessica And Her Family

from Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy,

We all woke up this morning to news of the tragedy in Colorado. As moviegoers were watching the midnight opening of “The Dark Knight Rises”, a gunman opened fire killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others….

One of those killed was Jessica Ghawi, a well-known Denver-area hockey blogger, also known as Jessica Redfield on Twitter. She had moved to Denver from San Antonio a year ago, according to KSAT. She was also an intern for the You Can Play Project. “Our staff is despondent today over the loss of our intern Jessica Redfield. We will miss her intelligence, kindness, and work ethic greatly,” was the message from the organization’s Twitter feed Friday morning.

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added 11:47am, from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

This is going to have to be quick. I literally am sick to my stomach as I write this, trembling a little at the keyboard and in total shock.

Among the victims of the tragic shooting early this morning at an Aurora theater was a friend of mine – Jessica Redfield. Just yesterday, just freakin’ yesterday, I was swapping Twitter direct messages with her about possible internships she was looking at, asking my advice about them, asking if the Denver Post had one I could maybe help her out with.


added 11:50am, from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,

There’s no way to make sense of what happened on the large scale, and it’s even harder to process on the small scale—the sudden death of a friend. I certainly considered Jessica that, even though we had met only twice in person and exchanged a few emails about the challenges of being a young journalist.

That’s the power of Twitter, but even more the power of her personality. We met in New York last fall when she was in town visiting her boyfriend, and we went out for beer after a Rangers-Predators game. Last week, I saw her again in Toronto, again gathered around a bar table with other hockey writers.


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Ducksworth's avatar

Absolutely awful thing to wake up to, prayers for everyone and their family that was involved in this horrid act.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 07/20/12 at 01:41 PM ET

YzermanZetterberg's avatar

Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends, as well as those of the other victims.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 07/20/12 at 01:42 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Witnesses thought the shooting was a prop or a promotion of the movie and/or theater.  How terrifying…

Indeed, my prayers to all.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/20/12 at 01:47 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

This is one of those instances where we all have to put our sports alliances aside and mourn the loss of this person and all of those effected by this tragedy. While I personally do not know anyone involved in this, it truly sucks on all levels that shit like this has to happen.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 07/20/12 at 01:53 PM ET


Tough loss, especially given the stupid circumstances and the stupid killer.

Even tougher after reading her account of the Canadian mall shotting last month.

Posted by Herm from the office on 07/20/12 at 02:18 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

This is all so sad.  And unnecessary.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/20/12 at 02:48 PM ET


Thoughts and prayers to her and the families of all the victims. Just a senseless act.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/20/12 at 03:35 PM ET


My condolences to all of the families.  It is time we say enough to this stupidity!

Posted by timbits on 07/20/12 at 03:36 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

A very sad day here in Colorado.  This story just breaks my heart.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 07/20/12 at 05:10 PM ET

Gumby's avatar

Very sad day indeed!  My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and and all others that were affected by such a horrible and senseless act.

Posted by Gumby from the city with more ruins than Rome on 07/20/12 at 08:54 PM ET

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