Jessica Ghawi scholarship raises more than $30,000 in a day

Yahoo News | San Antonio Express-News

A fund set up by the family of murdered sports journalist Jessica Ghawi hit its fundraising goal less than a day after it was announced Tuesday. The family hoped to raise $20,000; as I write this, the fund is at $30,155. Ghawi worked under the name Jessica Redfield and covered hockey as well as other sports. The fund "will be seed money for the scholarship to help send another upcoming young sports talent to study journalism," the announcement reads.

Family members told the San Antonio Express-News' Ana Ley they believed $10,000 was donated by the Los Angeles Kings. The funders page acknowledges an undisclosed gift amount from "AEG Sports (LA Kings/LA Galaxy)" as well as contributions from and Ghawi's brother Jordan.

KSAT-TV in San Antonio, where Ghawi lived before she moved to the Denver area to further her sports career, has named her an honorary member of its sports department. In making the announcement, KSAT sports reporter Larry Ramirez became choked up talking about Ghawi.

A memorial service for Ghawi is planned for Saturday in San Antonio. Her boyfriend Jay Meloff told CBS the pair spoke just before she was killed. "I was kinda falling asleep, and she told me to sleep well, and that was five minutes before it all happened," he told Jeff Glor. "And so that was the last thing she ever said."

Previously: Sports journalist Jessica Ghawi dies in Colorado theater shooting | Public tributes reflect sports journalist Jessica Ghawi’s very public life || Also: Wall Street Journal editor apologizes for "ill-considered tweet" about shooting victims (Jim Romenesko)

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