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Cellphone video key in showing the world the terror of the Batman shooting in Colorado

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Cellphone video key in showing the world the terror of the Batman shooting in Colorado
Tweets from Jessica Ghawi from the theater where she would be murdered

Tweets from Jessica Ghawi from the theater where she would be murdered

Once again, it is a cellphone video that brings the terror, chaos and fear of a horrifying event right into living rooms around the world. We all awoke to the terrible news about the gunman who killed 12 and shot 71 people at the premiere showing of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado. In the days before cellphones made capturing these events possible, we would have had to rely on re-creations or our imaginations. Not that the images of events like the movie theater massacre are filmed clearly, but the out of focus images and constant movement bring the horror and chaos of the scene to us in a way that can't be duplicated by the spoken word.

The use of mobile social networking in relation to this tragedy also came up when some in the theater tweeted to friends about seeing the third installment of the Batman trilogy. One tweet read, "Going to see the final batman tonight! So EXCITED!!!". The most poignant mobile tweet came from Jessica Ghawi,an aspiring sportscaster who used her on-air name, Jessica Redfield, as her Twitter address. "Of course we're seeing Dark Knight ... people should never argue with me," the 24 year old wrote. In another tweet, she playfully made fun of a friend who didn't go to the movie, saying that it was starting in 20 minutes. Less than an hour later, Ghawi was dead, a victim of the senseless attack.

source: Twitter, CNN

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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:27 5

1. Audelio13 (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The girl who wrote that tweet was from my hometown, San Antonio. Sad to see taht something like this had to go down, the shooter should be brought to justice at the fullest extent. I sincerely hope that an even like this doesn't become some sick trend through the world now.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:23 2

22. KParks23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I could of went without phone arena posting this poor girls twitter post.. Come on guys!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:31 2

2. newuser1 (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


the video is crappy, keep shaking, can't see anything.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:34 6

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 06:46

36. metoyou (Posts: 278; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I got dizzy after watching this vdo :(

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 08:18 2

38. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Dude it was taken during the heat of the moment, with panic and lives being taken. What the hell do u expect man? C'mon!!!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 09:07 2

41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


On one hand I agree with you, but on the second hand, when people are really shocked, scared, feel panic, do they start filming???

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:00 8

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't think that you guys should have the Twitter thing of one of the victims until their names are publicly released by the police/investigators.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:05 4

5. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


i heard about this on my way to work this morning, some people are just sick

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:42 2

6. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


It really is a 'Dark Night'

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:54 6

13. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Grow up. Making jokes about a travesty only makes you look like a douche.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 22:16 3

29. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


Using humor can be a way for some people to cope with a tragic or horrific event.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:37 2

32. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Or come across as being insensitive.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:41 2

33. skymitch89 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


You need to grow up and learn the difference between "travesty" and "tragedy". This even is not a travesty (a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something) but is a tragedy (an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe).

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:44

34. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It is both a tragedy in the traditional sense and a travesty against so many innocent bystanders who lives have been ended unexpectedly.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:36

45. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


i know you didnt write that for me but anyways thanks for that!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:30

44. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


FYI..i wasnt making a joke i was devastated n lost of words make me wrote that and in fact it really is a dark night for many other, 'dark' as in 'dark ages' where people suffers so please dont jump into conclusion,if i was making a joke i would use smiley or something or maybe your jokes look something like that!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:47 1

7. SugarShockFrantic (Posts: 73; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


this is sad couldnt even watch the full video/ i just saw batman today it wasnt that good but there was no need for murder

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:02 4

8. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Everyone should go to a movie this weekend. I think that's the best way to honor the victims and their friends and family; by doing what those people loved to do.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:03 3

9. tedkord (Posts: 5278; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's a shame the cops didn't kill the subhuman bastard slowly and painfully. It's a shame we can't sentence him to death by colon cancer.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:34 4

10. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Honestly I would prefer they broke his limbs and let him suffer like that.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:34 5

11. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Truely awful news. Condolences to victims families and loved ones

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:50 5

12. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


People, please don't make jokes about this. This is truly a tragic event. Have some maturity or just don't say anything at all. This can happen anywhere at any time to anyone. Let this be a reminder of how unbearably cruel and twisted the world can be.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:06 3

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 07:34 1

37. HTCFreak (Posts: 151; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Seriously, who the hell is thumbing down these comments? The people are taking it seiously and not acting so childish! Geez. No reason to thumb it down.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:05 3

14. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The question, which I think is on everyone's minds, is "why?" why commit such a horrific act?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:34 5

16. Penny (Posts: 1266; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Asking "why" would be assuming that there is some sort of reasoning or logic behind this. These kinds of acts are usually more about the mental state of mind of the individual involved than his/her reasoning behind it.

No explanation, no easy answer.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:51 2

18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There is, he's insane

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:03 2

30. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Who is thumbs downing all these comments? Uncalled for.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:10 2

31. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 129; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


I think he was inspired by the joker in the movie, The Dark Knight. I was watching this movie last night on my computer and I heard this dialogue in this movie,

"Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just wanna watch the world burn."

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:41 2

17. kamil (Posts: 115; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


hey I cant see anything with that crappy camera

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 21:48 4

26. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


probably an iphone

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:59 3

19. Penny (Posts: 1266; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


This is a pretty horrific incident. I hope the families of those that were killed can at least eventually enjoy the rest of their lives, and I hope those that were injured will not be traumatized long term by this.

A peaceful world seems so easy to comprehend, but so difficult to achieve. Although most people do not believe in capital punishment, it really does no good for humanity to keep somebody like this alive in prison. Although it is true that revenge serves no positive purpose, an individual like this contemplated the consequences prior to making his decision and ultimately, knowingly, gave up hope on himself as a positive member of our global society. I don't like abandoning the hope of helping anybody, but we can't help somebody who has committed an action like this -- he is too far gone.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:17 1

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So basically: kill the f**ker?

Come now. You can't be so barbaric.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:27 1

23. Penny (Posts: 1266; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


It's not about revenge. Not saying "kill the f-----".

The question is where do we go from here? What are our options? Should we keep him alive? What purpose would that serve?

I guess my overall point is that if someone commits a crime that warrants life in prison, capital punishment just makes more sense.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:55 1

24. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I think life in prison is 1000x worse than a death sentence but that's just me

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 20:55 1

25. Penny (Posts: 1266; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I agree with you Eclipse, and that's why I think capital punishment might be the more reasonable way to deal with it. It is arguably more humane, it wastes less of the planet's resources, and it sure as hell is a lot cheaper. The only thing it doesn't do is deter criminals better than a life sentence would.

This is an entirely separate philosophical debate, but in my opinion, prison should be about reform. If the individual commits an act as heinous as this, like I said before, it is my opinion that he no longer wants to be a part of society and can't be trusted to be a part of society. He has forfeited that right. In this case, prison serves no purpose because the goal is not reform. I'm sorry if I sound cold or barbaric, but I just think I am being realistic and logical.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 11:15

50. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I totally agree with Penny. The same night of the batman shooting A person in the time next to me went into a local bar threatening to shot everyone. Luckily a office was near by and shot him first. My point is this guy has been in and out of jail since 75 for armed robbery impersonating an officer more then once. kidnapping at gunpoint. terrorist threats and much more. Everytime he would get arrested he would go to jail just to come out in a couple of years and do something worse. He should have been locked up for life. All states need atleast the three strike rule. for smaller crimes.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 21:49

27. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Why waste our tax dollars on prison - the guy is going to be able to get 3 square meals, playtime, use of the library....nooooo...I do not think so - send him to the Middle East.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:48

47. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Hmmm lets see no hope or freedom and getting raped the rest of your life orrrrr sweet peaceful death? Um yea life in prison is worse I would want to be put out of my misery. kthx for playing

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 11:11

49. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Life in jail does sound worse but with life in jail there is always a chance to get out and your letting him live his life which he does not deserve too. If you told me he had to be kept in a cage shackled to the wall with maybe 3 feet of walking room then fine that would be worse. But in jail they get tv play sports can make friends with other criminals can have penpals and recieve porn and smoke cigs. can the people he killed do any of this. No. I believe that the worse the crime then the worse the jail should be as well. Id rather have death for a killer thou because in the end the public has to pay about 30 grand a year per criminal that is in jail. Now we have to pay this times about 50 since he is so young. It just put a drain on the economy. sorry if that sound insensitive but was he sensitive towards the people he killed.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:03 2

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is horrible... I honestly do not know why people do these kinds of things...

And who's the troll thumbing down everyone here?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 21:50 2

28. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


taco?

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 06:40 1

35. metoyou (Posts: 278; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Hahaha

or his offspring :)

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 08:42 1

39. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I feel bad for the people who died and their families, and I am praying for them. But people forget that the killer had a family to. A perfectly sane family, who wonders as much as we do what happened and what is going to happen. I hope if they have to go with capital punishment, he at least gets a chance to tell his family why he did it. And tell them that he is sorry. I wold hate if I had a kid who went to jail with murder. I would wonder if it is my fault. So pray for the cictims, but dont forget to pray for the families.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 08:47

40. Dr_fajardo (Posts: 32; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


u guys (americans) have important issues, no one else in world do crazy stuff like this one. other country kills peoples for a reason (im not saying thats is good to kill), but without a reason?. u have problems

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 10:55

42. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Killing is never justified or reasonable. There is always, ALWAYS, an alternative. May not be EASIER, but the alternatives are there.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 10:58

43. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Anyone wondering if theatres will have to start having metal detectors like courthouses and some schools?

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:41

46. ChafedBanana (Posts: 361; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Thanks for filming in portrate mode. The video quality is extremely bad.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:56 1

48. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


my lord. i think comments should just be turned off. seriously.

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