Sad Bizarre Twist of Fate for Jessica Redfield

Jessica RedfieldJessica Redfield was an aspiring sportscaster who tweeted as @JessicaRedfield and wrote for BustedCoverage. Sadly, she was one of the 12 people shot dead at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises last night in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

In a tragically bizarre twist, Jessica Redfield's last blog entry was about how she narrowly escaped being shot at our very own Eaton Centre shooting in June.

I can't get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won't go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.

What started off as a trip to the mall to get sushi and shop, ended up as a day that has forever changed my life. I was on a mission to eat sushi that day, and when I'm on a mission, nothing will deter me. When I arrived at the Eaton Center mall, I walked down to the food court and spotted a sushi restaurant. Instead of walking in, sitting down and enjoying sushi, I changed my mind, which is very unlike me, and decided that a greasy burger and poutine would do the trick. I rushed through my dinner. I found out after seeing a map of the scene, that minutes later a man was standing in the same spot I just ate at and opened fire in the food court full of people. Had I had sushi, I would've been in the same place where one of the victims was found.

My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20 pm. After that purchase I said I felt funny. It wasn't the kind of funny you feel after spending money you know you shouldn't have spent. It was almost a panicky feeling that left my chest feeling like something was missing. A feeling that was overwhelming enough to lead me to head outside in the rain to get fresh air instead of continuing back into the food court to go shopping at SportChek. The gunshots rung out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of gunfire.

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This sounds like the "Final Destination" plot but it's real.

July 20, 2012 @ 4:25 PM


Reading her blog story is so eerie it just gives me the heebie jeebies. So sad.

July 20, 2012 @ 9:30 PM

Jason from Sudbury


July 21, 2012 @ 12:24 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Reminds me of the movie where the kids cheated the Grim Reaper on the Roller Coaster ride, and he evntually caught up with them. Just not something of this earth for sure, she was moving on to greater things for sure. Very sad.

July 21, 2012 @ 3:35 PM


Consider updating this entry for "Jessica Gwahi". Redfield was her Whitewash Media Acceptance name.

July 25, 2012 @ 11:45 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Jessica Redfield was the name she chose for her public persona. It's the name we know.

And, I understand, it was her grandmother's maiden name she chose because he grandmother wanted to be a writer but never got the chance.

July 25, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

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