updated 07/20/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/20/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
Jessica Ghawi was an aspiring journalist and blogger well on her way to a promising media career.
“I only met her twice, but felt like I knew her for years, just goes to show how powerful of a personality she had online,” Jesse Spector, a national hockey writer for Sporting News, told PEOPLE exclusively, after the 24-year-old was identified as one of the 12 reported victims of the Aurora, Colo., The Dark Knight Rises shooting on Friday. “She had such a bright future in this business, because people like that find a way to succeed.”
On the night she died, Ghawi (who went by @JessicaRedfield on Twitter) was excitedly Tweeting about the movie, and conversing with Spector. She had 2,957 followers with whom she shared everything from her opinions on the NHL to excitement over being named a godmother.