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Family and friends gathered Saturday morning to celebrate the life of Jessica (also known as Redfield on the air) Ghawi; she was a former San Antonio resident and one of 12 victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting massacre earlier this month.

Twenty-four-year-old Ghawi was remembered as someone who was “intelligent”, “driven”, “funny” and “beautiful with a huge heart.”

Known for the occasional shenanigan, Ghawi was remembered as someone who also had tremendous tenacity and brilliance.

Despite the loving and upbeat tone her memorial service took, Ghawi’s absence seem to overcome many family and friends: “I’m hurting with you, and her story will continue to be told,” her brother, Jordan Ghawi said.

The Community Bible Church in San Antonio Texas was a place for remembrance for the aspiring sportscaster on Saturday and a place friends and family said their final goodbyes to Ghawi.

Her mother, Sandy Phillips, created a foundation in daughter’s her name that will fund a scholarship for aspiring female journalists like Jessica. Ghawi had moved to Colorado to continue pursuing her dream of a career in sports journalism.

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