The deadly shooting at a movie theater in Colorado has reached the Lone Star State, as three victims are from Texas.
"The movie doesn't start for 20 minutes." These would be the last words Jessica Ghawi would tweet to her family and friends.
Ghawi, 24, who was from San Antonio and recently moved to Denver, was among the 12 people killed in the movie massacre.
Ghawi was inside the theater for the premiere of the latest "Batman" movie with her friend Brent Lowak, 28.
They were watching the movie when the gunman opened fire for what some witnesses describe as 20 long minutes.
Shortly after the shooting, Lowak called his family and told them he was shot trying to crawl away. He said Ghawi was shot once in the leg and then a second time in the face.
Lowak's father told KENS 5 he just wants to know how this could happen.
"I asked questions this morning," Larry Lowak said. "How did he come in the back of the theater? Did anyone see him come in? And why would he come in without saying 'you don't belong here?'"
Lowak had to undergo surgery for his injuries suffered in the attack.
He was in Colorado to visit Ghawi. She recently moved to Denver in hopes of furthering her career.
Ghawi worked in San Antonio as a sports intern for a local television and radio station.
KENS 5's Natalie Tejeda was a good friend of the aspiring sportscaster.
"You think she's so young... just starting out. She wanted a career in sports," Tejeda said. "We're never going to laugh again. There's so much she wanted to do. It's not fair."
The third Texan shot during the attack is from Houston. She was shot twice in the leg, but her injuries were not considered life-threatening. Her family declines to release her name.