Jessica Ghawi's boyfriend spoke with her minutes before mass shooting


by CBS News

CBS This Morning

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 2:09 PM

AURORA, Colo. -- Jay Meloff, the boyfriend of Jessica Ghawi - the aspiring sports reporter who died in the massacre Friday - is speaking out, along with several other victims and family members of those affected by the Aurora, Colo. theatre shooting.

For Meloff, the loss of his girlfriend is still too much. “We both had a lot of dreams and we both were very excited about our future,” he said.

The two met about a year ago, when Ghawi interviewed Meloff, a hockey player, for one of her stories. Meloff lives in Toronto. The two of them were video conferencing before the movie started.

Meloff said, “I was kinda falling asleep, and she told me to sleep well, and that was five minutes before it all happened. And so that was the last thing she ever said.”

Ghawi was at the theater with her good friend from Texas, Brent Lowak, who studied to be an emergency medical technician. He survived, and told his mother Sue Holt what happened during those awful moments.

Her brother, Jordan Ghawi, immediately flew into Aurora after hearing she was one of the victims in a midnight movie massacre in Aurora.

Hours after landing, he found out she was gone.

“[I’ll miss] the smile, the energy she brought into a room,” Jordan Ghawi said. “She had energy, and it showed. It radiated.”

Jordan Ghawi went on to write, “Brent’s actions are nothing but heroic.”