SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Many of them may never have even met Jessica Ghawi, yet hundreds of mourning Texans are expected to pay their respects to the young woman who died too soon.
Ghawi, 24, was among the victims killed last week in what is being called one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
The San Antonio native, who moved to Denver about a year ago, was inside the Aurora, Colo. movie theater when a gunman opened up on the audience, killing 14 and wounding another 59. She was attending the late-night premier of "The Dark Knight Raises" with long-time friend Brent Lowak, of Bulverde, who was wounded.
Ghawi's story gained national attention after it was discovered she nearly got caught up in another mass shooting in a Toronto mall just a month earlier. Her blog and active social media sites paint her as a lively and audacious Texan, loving life and trying her hardest to break into the world of sports broadcasting.
Although many know Ghawi because of the tragedy, Saturday morning's memorial service will celebrate her life, not her death.
In a blog posted shortly after her near scrape with death in Toronto, Ghawi gushes about how precious life really is, encouraging her readers, and all those who have come to know her name, to find beauty in every second of every day.
"I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given."
The memorial service is open to the public. The auditorium at theCommunity Bible Church, 2477 North Loop 1604 E., can hold over 3,000 guests.