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WOW.

Immediately after a shooting last month in the food court of the Eaton Centre mall in Toronto, a young woman named Jessica Ghawi posted a blog entry. Three minutes before a gunman opened fire, she had been seated at the exact place he fired from.

“I was shown how fragile life was,” she wrote. “I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath.”

This same woman was one of the fatalities at the midnight screening in Aurora. The circle of madness is closing.

I'm so sad for Jessica Ghawi. I just read her blog post.

She was an aspiring sportscaster.

She was a die-hard hockey fan and had a great sense of humor:

NPR writes:

She dreamed of starting a charity to help the victims of the Colorado wildfires. "Even if she could just help three or four families, that would have been great. That was the kind of person she was."

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I don't KNOW her. She worked for a well-known hockey-related organization.

I thought hockey fans are a small, close-knit community.

Uh... so Eaton Centre is in Canada, a country with very different gun control laws. From what I've read, although that episode showed extreme indifference to human life, it was more along the lines of a gang revenge murder that happened to also kill 6 unrelated bystanders. Certainly the odds of Ms Ghawi being present at both shootings is dramatic and statistically unlikely... but what was Ebert's point again?

Not sure Ebert had a point.

But you make a good point about Canada compared with Colorado.

Two wrong places at two wrong times. :(