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Jessica Nicole Ghawi's life was taken Saturday, July 20th in the Aurora, Colorado rampage shootings at the age of 24. Jessica is survived by her mother, Sandy Phillips, stepfather Lonnie Phillips. She is also survived by her father Nick Ghawi, stepmother Mona, stepbrother Benjamin and brother Jordan Ghawi, all of San Antonio.

A native of San Antonio, Jessica moved to Denver in 2011 to pursue her career in sports journalism and adopted the name Jessica Redfield for her career. Jessica was involved in two charities "the little things" in Denver to assist victims of the Colorado fire in providing sporting equipment for those who have lost their homes. She was also affiliated with the "Little Fighter Foundation" in San Antonio to assist children who are fighting cancer. Three Memorial Funds have been created to support the Jessica Redfield Ghawi Foundation which is currently being established. These Memorial Funds will help to support these two charities and establish Scholarships for women who wish to have a career in sports broadcasting journalism.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to contribute to her legacy can do so through either and search Jessica Redfield or Generations Federal Credit Union or Capital One, both under the name of Jessica Redfield Ghawi Memorial Fund.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Community Bible Church, 2477 N. Loop 1604 E.

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Published in San Antonio Express-News on Jul. 27, 2012.
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July 28, 2019
To paraphrase a quote by Virgil from the Sept. 11th museum:
This one tragic night [No day] shall not erase you from the memory of time.
Keep resting peacefully.
June 21, 2019
Dear Jessica,

I was so devastated over what happened to you in Aurora, Colorado seven years ago. You could have been 31 today.

And you were definitely right about how life is fragile in your blog after the 2012 Eaton Centre incidents. Im from the Toronto area, so I was not there fortunately.

In loving memory...
Alex Lai
August 8, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
May 31, 2014
“For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart." Isaiah 65:17. Comforting words to help us appreciate God's willingness to rectify our losses, allay our fears, and diminish evil acts of any kind here to come forever.
December 20, 2012
In the remembrance of Jessica Ghawi to her family and friends, May the lord continue to provide You comfort and peace during Your times of sorry especially this time of year. May Your fond memories of Jessica be a source of joy and love. My sympathy for all of you.
November 23, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving Jessica! My thoughts and prayers are always with your loved ones.
Doug Vale
September 17, 2012
Edith Alonso
August 14, 2012
My prayers are with you and the family she was too young to die
anita prasad
August 7, 2012
Gone too soon.
Anne Gill
August 5, 2012
"Only the good die young" May you rest in peace.
Cody Smyth
August 3, 2012
To the family of jessica Ghawi, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, it's very hard to loose her too young. Blessing to you.
August 2, 2012
August 2, 2012
I taught Jessica in kindergarten at Keystone School. She was such a special person. The world has lost but heaven has gained an angel. My thoughts go out to her family as they work through this hard time. She will live on in the hearts of all she touched.

Dr. Linda Williams, Okinawa, Japan
July 31, 2012
Sweet angel,
You were taken to soon. And though, I never was blessed with the chance to meet you, you are my hero. You will be my inspiration to continue to write and push for a journalist career. I will do it for you, for your memory. Rest in paradise.
And may your family feel the comfort and love from everyone. We Will Remember.
Renee Pens
July 31, 2012

Dear GOD, I ask that you consoul and help Jessica's family and friends throught this sad time, I pray that you will let Jessica's passing help everyone realize everything happens for a reason and I also pray that you will protect Jessica and it's you who without, life would not be possible, it is in your son jesus crist I pray
July 31, 2012
I just learned that you were my manager at the Hyatt hotel in Austin, Texas in the 80's. I'm so sorry for what has happened to your family. I am a father of 3 boys now and only a parent can begin to understand what you are going through. I'm so sorry.
Nelson Johnson
July 30, 2012
Jessica, you heart and soul will never be forgotten.
Patrick Smith
July 30, 2012
Mr. Ghawi and Jordan, I am so very deeply sorry to hear of your immense loss. While working for you in the Executive office at the Marriott Plaza, Mr. Ghawi, I witnessed your obvious love and devotion to Jessica. I remember her boldly confident in her uniqueness, strikingly beautiful, super-friendly and humble. My heart and prayers go out to you, Jordan (whom I saw very often in the office and who was always a sweet teenager:), Mona, and Jessica's mom, Sandy. I will continue to pray for God's strength to carry you all through this and I will pray that His peace will sustain you during this difficult time and the days to come. I realize that no words uttered can remove your pain and suffering in losing Jessica, but I pray that you realize how loved you, Jessica, and your family are, Mr. Ghawi. Her concern for fellow man and the zest for life that Jessica exuded existed in her because of the foundation of love given her by you and your family; as a result, her memory will live on in all those she touched. Please know that you and your entire family will remain in my prayers. God bless you.
Yvette Olvera
July 30, 2012
Sandy and family,

My prayers are with you and your family. May Jessica rest in peace, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Janie Herrera
July 30, 2012
What an incredibly beautiful girl. So sorry for your loss. Linda
Linda Taylor
July 30, 2012
Julia Holland
July 29, 2012
What an angel!!! RIP Jessica. May god bless your beautiful soul. You lit up the world and your words that you left behind will continue to light up the world. I love you.
Aaron Henfling
July 29, 2012
r.i.p. jessica, may god be with you and your family, love, kristi lee, colorado
July 29, 2012
I am so sorry for your families loss. Let her spirit endure. She is in a better place
Andrew Ferris
July 29, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Padilla Family
July 28, 2012
My prayers to the Ghawi family thru this difficult time. May God give ull the strength and courage to go on thru this time. You all and all the other families will be in my prayers.
Sandoval Family
July 28, 2012
What a beautiful girl. May she rest in peace for all eternity!
David Beaudreau
July 28, 2012
God bless you all,gone to soon, stay strong.
Tom Finn
July 28, 2012
Mr. Ghawi and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your lovely daughter Jessica. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Kathryn Bryant
Bob Beard Elementary School
July 28, 2012
My heart and prayers are with you and your family.
Stacey Alvarez
July 28, 2012
May Good bless your family with peace...Rip Jessica Ghawi
Raina Watts
July 28, 2012
Jessica in the Denver press box
Kevin Vahey
July 28, 2012
Boston - June 2011
Kevin Vahey
July 28, 2012
Jessica at TD Garden in Boston - June 2011
Jessica made quite the impression when she came to Boston for the Stanley Cup Final. She will be missed by all in the hockey community.
Kevin Vahey
July 28, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Emily Lund
July 28, 2012
Jessica, You Where Taken To Soon, May You Rest In Peace
Eddie Mason
July 28, 2012
July 28, 2012
To the family of Jessica Ghawi....may God heal your heart and know you will see her again in Heaven. God Bless you all. Hugs and peace from Biloxi MS.
Shayne Baca
July 28, 2012
To the ghawi family,sorry for your loss.Jessica was a great young lady.To young to die from such a horrific tragedy.
Rose Dickey
July 28, 2012
Rose Dickey
July 28, 2012
Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Although we could not be with you in person, know that you are in our prayers.

May the Lord be with you during this time of trial and throughout your lives.
Al & Betty Cervera
July 28, 2012
Prayers for your family from ours
Deborah Crader
July 28, 2012
I am so sorry at the loss of your daughter. It is hard to understand and accept when things such as this happen in our world. Senseless. I worked with Nick many years ago in Austin, Texas. A kind soul...God Bless you and your extended family.
Manuel Salinas
July 28, 2012
My heart goes out to the entire family of Jessica Ghawi. Please know you are all in my prayers. Your memories will help get you through this tragedy. Although I never met Jessica, Sandy has told me so much about her daughter that I feel as if I knew her. She really was a very special girl that will be terribly missed.
Barbara Hastings
July 28, 2012
Dear family Ghawi , My heart breaks for you that you have to go through this terrible loss, how can the world go on without Jessica's smile, what a great person she is.
Evert Bos
July 27, 2012
The Christie Family (Barb, Chandra, Mickey, and Lexi) would like to send our deepest sympathies to Nick Ghawi and his family during this troubling time. The loss of a daughter, sister, and friend is far too difficult to even begin to imagine, but with the support of friends and family, you will see how much Jessica and the rest of your family are loved and appreciated. We are here for when you can use an extra hand, so please don't hesitate to ask. Our Love and Thoughts are with you during this most difficult time!
<3 --<--<--@ <3
Barb, Chandra, Mickey, Lexi Christie
July 27, 2012
To Sandy & Family : My heart is heavy with sadness for your loss of Jesica.
May God Bless you all in this time of sorrow, and may your hearts find peace.
Tom Robinson, Seguin
Tom Robinson
July 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My God's peace that passeth all understanding be with you during this time.
Auntrell Grover
July 27, 2012
I never had the honor to meet you but wanted to express my condolences. God bless
Kimberlu K
July 27, 2012
We will never understand this tragedy. I know you are with angels all around you, Jessica. To your family, I just want to say I'm so sorry. We feel pain but not the pain you feel at this time. Blessings to you.
Jo Lynn Swint
July 27, 2012
God Bless her family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
July 27, 2012
To the family of Jessica Ghawi, My thoughts and prayers are with today and in all the days ahead. There are no words to describe how very sorry Iam for your loss.
July 27, 2012
velinda Guerrero
July 27, 2012
My heart goes out to the family of this beautiful individual with so much promise that was taken from this world far too young. She has touched the lives of many in her life and her tragic passing. Rest in peace Jessie and my prayers are with your family and friends.
victoria cruey
July 27, 2012
deepest condolences to Jessica's family. May God bless and comfort you thru this time.
July 27, 2012
To Jessica's family: My heartfelt sympathies are with you all in this hard time. We have seen what a mark Jessica made. She is now watching over you and your family. God be with you in this time. May he grant you the peace you are seeking. Experience has taught me that it is never easy to get through the loss of a loved one especially one taken senselessly and tragically. But with God's help, you will be able to. God Bless you all.
July 27, 2012
God has a plan, what it is we don't know, but sleep easy and allow her memories to carry her legacy and fill those empty spaces. I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jessica, but feel in my heart that I know her with all that has been said about her. She was a gentle spirit. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Cathy LeBouef
July 27, 2012
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Jessica's family and all the families who lost someone in this tragedy. May God give you strength to get through this sad time in your life.
July 27, 2012
Rest in peace, sweet angel!
July 27, 2012
For the loved ones of Jessica, may you find peace in the love and memories.
July 27, 2012
We are all so sad for your loss. In the past week we have all seen what a bright shining start Jessica was. It's so sad that the world had to meet her the way we all did. What an amazing young woman. God Bless Jessica and your entire family.
SJ Guerrero
July 27, 2012
I am so sorry this happened to you Jessica. May you be in peace now with the Lord.
Lorraine Lucero
July 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Alice M. Lee
July 27, 2012
July 27, 2012
Ahh seeester i will miss you so much!! There are no words for this, all i know is this world will miss out on your greatness. You have touched so many lives in ways even you didnt know. I have spent this week watching our family fall apart and gain strenghth to keep your memory alive. You will leave a legacy behind that i know. Your life ended way to soon i will miss hearing hey seester im coming in town. I love you. To my step mom sandy i love you and there are no words for the sadness i feel for you. You did such an amazing job be so proud of the young woman you raised, she was amazing and the last thing she would want is for you to be sad everyday. To my father what an amazing man you are for loving jessi like your own daughter and being the rock that sandy needs so badly now. I love you dad. To jordan, what an amzing brother you are! the honor you have shown jessi is so incredible. I love you. Seester see you on the other side, till then watch over us all. I know heaven is full of life with you there!! Your neices Alexis.katie and hailey and nephew aaron all love their aunt jessi and will all miss you terribly!!
katherine williams
July 27, 2012
My heart goes out to Jessica's family & friends and all the other families involved in this horrible tragedy. May God grant you strength and courage to get through this tragic time.
Christine Nardico
July 26, 2012
Jessica certainly enjoyed life and sports especially hockey.I hope that her family and friends will remember her enjoyment of life and the values that were dear to her. Help others to find peace and joy in their lives. Fred Lucas Cincinnati Ohio
July 26, 2012
Sorry for your loss.
Maria T
July 26, 2012
Nic. I'm so sorry for your loss. When I saw you this morning, I had no idea Jessica was your daughter. I feel so bad for you. Please feel my hug around as well as our Fathers. God Bless you and your family.
Dan & Nanette
July 26, 2012
Jessica Ghawi was one of twelve bright lights that vanished far too early. Focusing in the same career, I would have loved to have met her. Her knowledge and her personality would have made her somebody amazing to have discussions with. She had incredible potential and wanted to achieve the best she could. Unfortunately, we'll never get to see that materialize.
RIP Jessica
Erik Trudel
July 26, 2012
Sandy and Family,
Our deepest sympathy for the pain you are going through right now. It is so hard to lose a loved one and I can't imagine how hard it is to lose a daughter. We will, and do, have you in our prayers each day after hearing the tragic news. May God help ease your pain and suffering. We are truly sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. It sounds like she was a truly amazing person!
God Bless Your Family,
Ron and Nancy Outland
Chris and Isaac Austin
Nancy Outland
July 26, 2012
its not fare that this happened to such a young person
jon miller
July 26, 2012
Dear Jessica's Family,
May the peace of God be with you at this painful time of grieving your loving sweet beautiful Jessica. When you lose someone so precious no one really knows how you are feeling but please know many caring prayers are with your during this time of sorrow. With much love and prayers,
Pastor Dan and Debra
Pastor Dan and Debra Capperrune
July 25, 2012
Nic, Bruce Weekley & I have spoken of you fondly over the years, wondering where you were. I'm saddened that the death of your daughter led us to you.
There are no words to expresses the sorrow I feel for you and your family. The psalmist says "Though sorrow may last through the night, joy comes in the morning".
I pray for you & yours
Linda Hilton Tomlinson
Linda Hilton Tomlinson
July 25, 2012
May you RIP Jessi. Lord please give her family and friends lot of strength during this difficult time.
Hemali Desai
July 25, 2012
My sincere sympathy for your great loss. May the Good Lord embrace you during your grief.
July 25, 2012
Melissa Holt
July 25, 2012
May our lord comfort all of you in your Loss of Jessica who was taken so suddenly from you .RIP Jessica
Bob n Debbie
July 25, 2012
To Jordan and all of Jessica's family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have shown incredible wisdom, strength and compassion in the midst of unspeakable tragedy. Jessica is truly a blessed soul. You are able to present the public with an articulate advocate for each spirit who will no longer walk among us. Know that I am only one among many who will remember Jessica's name and her family in my prayers. Because of you I have sent on-line condolences to the family of Gordon Cowden. I will be sending ten more. It is the least that I can do. May the peace of Christ be with you
Deborah Lewis-Smith
July 25, 2012
I am so very saddened to see the life of a vibrant young women ended so senselessly. To Jessica's family and friends my prayers and sympathy. Live life in the now, like she did and hold on to each other at this very heartbreaking time.
Pamela Cullen Picard
July 25, 2012
Dear Ghawi Family, No words will ever heal the pain of loosing a child. They say that time heals all wounds, I lost my daughter 4 years ago, Im still waiting. Your Jessica reminds me so much of my own MISSING ANGEL.Their smiles lit up our lives and many others lives as well.Their goodness will shine on. God sends us His ANGELS to guide us, then brings them home and their memories will help to keep us on His path.May the memories of her see you thru till you see her again. God Bless your family AND ALL THE FAMILIES An Angels mom
M Tatum
July 25, 2012
I wish i had the chance to meet you and we are going to miss you i lived in san antonio texas for a long time and went to high school for O'Connor High School i am going to miss you and i will never forget you that you were the best sports caster ever thank you for the memories
George Morales Jr
July 25, 2012
You were a truly amazing young woman. You will be missed and I hope your passion touches people to reach for their dreams and live everyday to its fullest. You were a light here and lets not let that light fade. As we keep that light in our hearts...let it shine for all to see.
Zachary Taylor
July 25, 2012
July 25, 2012
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
July 25, 2012
Dear Jessica and the Ghawi family,

I just don't know where to start... I'm still deeply devastated of what happened last Friday.

I wish I had the chance to meet you, unfortunately its gone too soon.

Seeing and following Jessica's blogs and videos is so inspiring. Like her, I am also an aspiring journalist.

Jessica, wherever you are right now, I just wanna thank you for sharing a positive influence to many people out there and also the fact that you encourage me and others to do the same.

Shine bright in heaven, Jessica. God bless you all.
Douglas Vale
July 25, 2012
Eternal Rest Dear Jessica; God Bless your Loving Family.
July 25, 2012
I have read about Jessica over the past few days - what an amazing girl. Condolences to you all, and all the other families.
Shaun Lennard
July 24, 2012
Jeff Incrocci
July 24, 2012
Ms. Ghawi,Thanks for brightening so many lives. What I've read of you touched me. You will be sorely missed.
Rich Stine
July 24, 2012
Stacey Sappah
July 24, 2012
Though we never knew one another your one very special Lady and may you Rest in oeace! May God wrap his arms around your family and friends
Stacey Sappah
July 24, 2012
Mr. Ghawi, as you know we first met Jessica and Jordan as children at the St. Anthony Hotel where you were my General Manager.....thank you for letting us into your life and keeping in touch with us after we all went our separate let me know that we are your family too and that is why Jessica's passing is very painful,we will attend the celebration of her life with you and your family on Saturday. I know we spoke on the phone but if I don't get to give you a big hug and tell you that we love you please know that are hearts ache for you and your family and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you.....Jet
Jet Garcia
July 24, 2012
We have never met but I want you to know that both Jessica and her loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.
Chandra Williams
July 24, 2012
With my Deepest Sympathy. Know that many share your grief. May God Bless you all.
Jerry Richardson
July 24, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jessica Ghawi. May Jessica always be remembered. R.I.P.
July 24, 2012
RIP-Love & Prayers to the family from Texas.
Melissa Pate
July 24, 2012
Heartfelt Sympathy from the Lenexa KS community
July 24, 2012
To the entire Ghawi family. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with all of you. In such a tragic time. May God bless all of you. Tammy Shorb (Hagerstown Maryland)
tammy shorb
July 24, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God Bless You!
Wendy McKnight
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