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By: Robert Price
Hundreds turn out to say goodbye to 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi.
The San Antonio native was one of twelve people killed during last week's Colorado theater massacre.
Saturday Ghawi's family held a public memorial service for her at Community Bible Church.
For the hundreds in attendance, it was a time to celebrate, to share stories, and remember Jessica Ghawi.
"She never gave up on her dreams,” said friend Jacob Garza. “She never had 'no' in her heart. She never lived without passion."
Just twenty-four, the aspiring sports journalist had already established an impressive network of contacts in the industry, and many of them were in the crowd.
"Was there anybody that Jesse didn't know?", asked Fox San Antonio Sports Director Chuck Miketinac.
"She was helping pave the path for future women, for future female sports journalists," said relative Lila Ibrahim.
It was her career path that took her to Colorado, and her love of sports that led her to her hockey player boyfriend.
Throughout the service, the focus remained on Jessica and her life; not her tragic death, not her accused shooter.
"If this coward could have done this with this much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love," said Jessica’s brother Jordan Ghawi.
There were tears, but also plenty of laughs, mostly involving stories of her clumsiness.
"This girl kept getting up, over and over again through her life," said Pastor Robert Emmitt.
In all, fifteen people from across the country spoke publicly about Jessica. Some had only known her for a few years -- in newsrooms and sports arenas, through her internships -- as she worked to achieve her dream.
"And she became family,” said radio host Nate Lundy. “She became my little sister.”
"I am a better individual, a better family man, and indeed a better citizen of this planet for having her in my life," said friend Darrel Rubin.
"You should not live with regrets,” said Jordan Ghawi. “Take what my sister had to say. Follow her and her actions and chase those dreams."
"When you're up there in Heaven, covering hockey up on God's glorious, beautiful frozen hockey rink, don't forget to turn your mic on,” said friend J.C. Carpenter. “And try not to fall on the ice, kid."
Gov. Perry to address business forum
May 22, 2013 08:14 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry is delivering the keynote address at the Governor's Small Business Forum's 2013 Texas Global Business Summit.
Wednesday's event in Austin comes as the state Legislature enters its final, frantic days before the end of the session Monday.
Perry has the option of summoning lawmakers back to work for a special session later this summer.
He has said that if lawmakers want to avoid that, they should send him a state budget with at least $1.8 billion in tax cuts, as well as $2 billion in funding for roads and water infrastructure.
The governor, in office since 2000, plans to announce whether he'll seek a fourth full term after the legislative session. He also hasn't ruled out another run for president in 2016, despite his unsuccessful 2012 bid.
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