11:14 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 07/22/2012 10:45AM
Ever since news broke of the heinous mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., screening of The Dark Knight Rises Friday morning, everyone from President Obama to the film's cast has offered their condolences to those affected by the tragedy.
Jessica Ghawi was one of the first victims identified, but now a complete list has been released. From the youngest – a 6-year-old girl, whose mother remains in critical condition – to the eldest – a 51-year-old father whose teens escaped the violence – here are their stories.
Originally posted 07/21/2012 02:30PM
Shocked and "keeping victims' families in their thoughts," The Dark Knight Rises cast jetted back to the states after Friday's horrific shooting at a screening of their new film.
Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in France for the canceled Paris premiere, but took a Warner Brothers plane bound for Los Angeles on Saturday.
"The cast was completely shocked and several – Anne and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men – were in tears," a source tells PEOPLE. "There was enormous, enormous sadness."
Originally posted 07/21/2012 02:00PM
Friends say Dark Knight shooting victim Jessica Ghawi was an amazing person – but no one knew her quite like boyfriend Jay Meloff.
"Every experience in life was amplified beyond my wildest dreams with you," Meloff, a 22-year-old Toronto junior hockey player, Tweeted on Friday, shortly after news broke that his girlfriend, along with 11 others, had been killed, leaving 59 injured during an Aurora, Colo., movie theater massacre.
Ghawi, 25, an aspiring sports writer and avid Twitter user who went by the pen name Redfield, was remembered on the social networking site with an #RIPJessica hashtag that eventually began trending.
Originally posted 07/20/2012 04:25PM
Jordan Ghawi received one of the most horrific phone calls imaginable early Friday morning.
His mother, "hysterical and almost unintelligible," phoned with news that his sister, 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi, had been shot at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., Jordan blogged Friday.
Twelve people were killed and 59 more injured by alleged gunman James Holmes, who reportedly later called himself The Joker.
Jordan, 26, a student, firefighter and paramedic in Texas, traveled to Colorado on Friday morning and wrote in detail about his sister's final moments, as told to him by their mutual friend Brent.
"Jessica and Brent were seated in the middle portion of the theatre when a device was thrown into the theatre that produced a 'hissing' sound," Jordan wrote. "The theatre then began to fill with smoke which is when patrons began to move from their seats. At that time, shots were fired."
He continued in chilling detail.
Originally posted 07/20/2012 03:00PM
James Holmes, the alleged gunman who killed 12 people and injured dozens during a screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, described himself as the hero's arch nemesis, a police official says.
"It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was 'The Joker,' obviously the enemy of Batman," New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday at a press conference.
The source of Kelly's information wasn't immediately clear – also, The Joker had green hair.
However, the commissioner is reportedly a close friend of Dan Oates, the chief of police in Aurora, Colo., where the massacre occurred. Oates, formerly a longtime member of the New York Police Department, didn't confirm or deny The Joker account, but did say he had spoken with Kelly.
Originally posted 07/20/2012 11:00AM
Jessica Ghawi was an aspiring journalist and blogger well on her way to a promising media career.
"I only met her twice, but felt like I knew her for years, just goes to show how powerful of a personality she had online," Jesse Spector, a national hockey writer for Sporting News, told PEOPLE exclusively, after the 24-year-old was identified as one of the 12 reported victims of the Aurora, Colo., The Dark Knight Rises shooting on Friday. "She had such a bright future in this business, because people like that find a way to succeed."
On the night she died, Ghawi (who went by @JessicaRedfield on Twitter) was excitedly Tweeting about the movie, and conversing with Spector. She had 2,957 followers with whom she shared everything from her opinions on the NHL to excitement over being named a godmother.
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