Jessica Ghawi, 24, moved to Denver from Texas about a year ago, and friends and colleagues described her as outgoing, smart and witty.
AURORA - She was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting, but Jessica Ghawi's legacy is living on.
INTERACTIVE 'AFTER AURORA' SPECIAL SECTION
Before she was killed in the July 20, 2012 tragedy, the aspiring sports broadcaster who moved to Colorado only a year before to pursue her dream of a career in sports journalism student was in the process of starting a nonprofit. She wanted to help the kids who lost their homes in the Colorado wildfires in the summer of 2012, and she wanted to set up scholarships for young female sports journalism students.
Her family started her foundation, and for three days, there are events to honor her. On Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon in the Pepsi Center parking lot give sports is collecting any kind of sports equipment for kids.
Jessica's mom Sandy Phillips says in 2012, people donated 25,000 pieces of equipment.
"The memories are bittersweet, and we miss her very much," Sandy said. "That's never going to stop. We are also at a time that we can appreciate the gifts she had and gave and continues to give."
On Sunday, there is a run to raise money for Jessica's foundation. It gives scholarships to women who are studying sports journalism.
On Monday, Sandy is the keynote speaker at the First Annual Women in Sports Expo. Her mom says all of this is letting Jessica make an impact she intended to with her life.
OTHER STORIES AS WE REMEMBER AURORA
Find out more about her foundation here: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedfieldFoundation.
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