Hours earlier, she had a Twitter conversation with colleague Jesse Spector about the film. She wrote, "@jessespector you aren't seeing it tonight?!" When he replied "Nope" she tweeted back, "psh. Loser!"
The victim's brother, Jordan Ghawi, wrote a blog post describing his learning the news.
"At approximately 0215 CST, I received an hysterical, and almost unintelligible, phone call from my mother stating that my sister, Jessica Ghawi, had been shot while attending the midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Denver, CO," he said.
"I was able to contact the man that was with my sister, mutual friend Brent Lowak, who stated that they were in the theater when an incendiary device was fired into the crowd and that shots rang out immediately afterwards," he added.
"Brent further stated that he took two rounds and that my sister took one round followed by an additional round, which appeared to strike her in the head."
He later updated the account after speaking with Lowak:
"Jessica and Brent were seated in the middle portion of the theater when a device was thrown into the theater that produced a 'hissing' sound," he said in the blog.