Colo. Shooting Victim Jessica Ghawi: 'She Was Like a Jolt of Lighting,' Mother Says


"I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders' faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end, when or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening," she wrote.

"We had really thought we had literally dodged a bullet that day and I was so grateful that she was alright and the chances of her experiencing anything like that ever again were impossible," said Phillips.

Ghawi's brother, a firefighter in San Antonio, arrived in Denver this morning. Ghawi blogged that he'd received a "hysterical and almost unintelligible phone call" from his mother telling him Jessica had been shot while at the midnight show of "The Dark Night Rises."

Ghawi tweeted: "It appears that my sister has been fatally wounded in a mass shooting at a movie premiere in Denver. Well this could easily be the worst night of my life."

Phillips said Lowak called her and told her it was a random shooting and "Jessie has been hit twice."

Phillips said she screamed when he told her Jessica had died.

"We were blessed to have her every second," she said. "We were blessed to have her."

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