An aspiring sports journalist who went by the professional name Jessica Redfield, Ghawi had experienced a brush with death in June, when she exited a Toronto mall moments before a gunman opened fire in the food court where she had just been sitting. "I saw the victims of senseless crime. I saw lives change," she wrote on her blog. "I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end." She was looking forward to becoming a godmother in early August and was eagerly Tweeting about seeing the latest Batman movie just minutes before the attack.