Firefighter-medic mourns sister killed in Colo. theater shooting
Firefighter Jordan Ghawi in Texas revealed details of her death on his personal blog
AURORA, Colo. — A firefighter has revealed his sister was one of the 12 people killed during the mass shooting at a Colo. movie theater Friday.
Jordan Ghawi, 26, a firefighter-paramedic based in Texas, posted on his blog that his mom broke the news during an emotional phone call.
Shortly afterward, he flew to Aurora and spoke with Brent Lowak, who was attending the Batman screening with Jordan's sister, Jessica Ghawi.
"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 on his blog.
"The theatre than began to fill with smoke which is when patrons began to move from their seats. At that time, shots were fired. Brent and Jessica immediately dropped to a prone position for cover."
Jordan wrote that his sister advised several 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," Jordan wrote.
He said Brent continued to administer first aid, but 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 wrote.
"He further stated that Jessica presented with agonal respirations (an abnormal breathing pattern). Brent then took what may have been his only chance to escape the line of fire and exited the structure where he then contacted my mother. Brent’s actions are nothing but heroic."
At least 12 people were killed and 59 wounded at the movie theater, which is one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.
The gunman, identified by police as 24-year-old James Holmes, used a military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, stopping only to reload. He was taken into custody near a car behind the theater.