Friends, family raise thousands for Jessica Redfield memorial scholarship
DENVER — One sports journalist is turning his grief into something positive after his friend and intern was killed in the Aurora shooting.
“Jessica and I were real close, we knew each other back in San Antonio where I did my morning show there and she loved it, she was just amazing,” said Peter Burns, a radio talk show host at Mile High Sports in Denver.
Jessica Redfield’s hard work is what motivated radio talk show host Peter Burns to have her follow him to be an intern in Denver. The blossoming sports journalist also interned with Fox 31 Denver.
Burns believes Jessica had the talent and drive to be successful.
“I think that’s what’s real tragic here is that she never got the full opportunity to reach her potential in which ever any of those were. I tell you she lived more in 24 years than most people live in their entire lives,” Burns said.
Burns wants Jessica’s lively spirit to live on in the sports journalism community, which is why he is working closely with Jessica’s brother to create the Jessica Redfield Foundation college scholarship.
“We want to give some young lady an opportunity to attend school and chase the dream,” said Burns, ” And we started this about 30 hours ago and we’re at $28,233 dollars which is, I mean, I got goose bumps just doing it”.
Burns said his original goal was to raise $20,000 in two months, but obviously he has exceeded his goal in just three days.
Most of the donations have come from individuals wanting to do something positive; however, Peter said a large donation came from the Los Angeles Kings, which donated $10,000.
Jessica’s funeral is scheduled on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Jessica’s home town of San Antonio.