Movie massacre Texas victim laid to rest

Friends gather to remember life of Jessica Ghawi

Published On: Oct 13 2012 09:30:21 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -

Hundreds gathered to remember a young Texas woman whose dream of sports reporting was cut short by a Colorado killer.

The 24-year-old former San Antonio resident was one of the 12 victims of the Aurora Colorado shooting massacre.

"If this coward could've done this with this much hate, imagine what we could do with this much love," said Jordan Ghawi, Jessica's brother.

"Jess was a force to be reckoned with. She was a jolt of lightning a world wind. A lab puppy running clumsily with innocent joy," said Jessica's friend, Peter Burns.

One by one, a dozen people who loved her most shared memories and stories of how the fearless red-head impacted their lives.

Jessica had dreams of becoming a sports reporter. A dream her family said she pursued with a fiery passion. A dream that will never be realized.

The Ghawi family has set up a scholarship fund to help fulfill the dreams of others like their beloved daughter.

"She's gonna live on through this scholarship fund. Her dreams were not fufilled but through her, others will," said Jordan.

Jessica's friend, Brent Lowak, also from Texas, was Jessica's companion at the theater that night. He was wounded and is now on his third surgery. Lowak's friends in Houston held a fundraiser for him Saturday at Saint Arnold Brewery to help with his increasing medical bills. If you would like to donate, you can visit any Wells Fargo branch and ask for the Brent Lowak expense fund.