Media outlets rushed to connect the 24-year-old aspiring sportscaster, who was know professionally as Jessica Redfield, to the narrow escape she experienced months earlier during Toronto's Eaton Centre shooting. The idea that someone could just miss getting caught in the crossfire of a major violent episode only to end up — tragically this time — at the centre of another, struck many as the worst, most bewildering sort of odds.
The Official Jessica Redfield Sports Journalism Scholarship Fund, on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com, has already raised more than $24,000 toward helping other aspiring sports journalists realize their broadcasting dreams.
"Jessica worked several jobs in order to keep going to school here in Denver, and worked as many intern positions with the different teams and media stations to prepare for a career that was cut way too short," reads a description from the page, adding that she'd moved to Aurora only four weeks before she died to save money toward that goal.
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