When big tragic events happen, you watch them on TV and are horrified. It’s tough stuff. It is so difficult to fathom how such terrible things can happen. But you never know the people in them, right? That happens on CNN and MSBNC and the people that have their pictures put up on the screen are ones you don’t recognize. It’s very sad, but the loss is always for someone else. Until it isn’t.
She wasn’t my best friend. We didn’t hang out. We never even met in person. But I know this girl. We tweeted and DM’d quite a bit. She started chasing her dream of working in the world of the NHL in San Antonio, working with the then-Coyotes AHL team, the San Antonio Rampage. With my love of the prospects and the very small pool of people with keen interest in San Antonio hockey, we started following each other two years ago or so.
This is what I can tell you about this girl: She loved life. She was crazy, Texan, and feisty. She fell down a lot. At really embarrassing times. It was part of her charm. She was brave enough to chase her dream, no matter how hard of a road it would be. Her heart was big. She was working on setting up a nonprofit to provide hockey equipment for people in Colorado who lost everything in the fires. Most of our interactions were tossing smartass tweets back and forth, and she had a great sense of humor.
A month ago, I tweeted to her that I was happy she was safe, after she was present for the Toronto mall shooting. How could this happen? She escaped there just to have this happen? Life makes no sense sometimes.
We were just DMing on July 9th about the Coyotes situation and the last thing she ever typed to me was “I hope this goes Y’alls way”. Always Texan.
Jessica, your light shone so brightly and you touched so many people. God Bless your family.