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 his sister, Jessica, 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.”
Jessica Ghawi was attending the premiere with long-time friend and ex-boyfriend Brent Lowak, from Bulverde, Texas. Lowak survived.
Jordan Ghawi blogged about the trauma and his experience Friday, writing the following:
“Brent and Jessica immediately dropped to a prone position for cover. Jessica advised multiple times for someone to call 911, which Brent immediately attempted to do. Brent then heard Jessica scream and noticed that she was struck by a round in the leg. Brent, began holding pressure on the wound and attempted to calm Jessica. It was at this time that Brent took a round to his lower extremities. While still administering first aid, Brent noticed that Jessica was no longer screaming. He advised that he looked over to Jessica and saw what appeared to be an entry wound to her head.”
Jordan Ghawi went on to write, “Brent’s actions are nothing but heroic.”