As many of you know, Comic-Con starts now-ish and those folks who made the pilgrimage to San Diego to see the Twilighty Holy Trinity have already started lining up to enter the Inner Sanctum (also know as "Hall H"). I have never attended, but I like to experience it vicariously so I was peripherally following along on Twitter to see how things were progressing. And then I read something terrible had happened: a Twilight fan had been struck and killed by a car while crossing the street to the convention center to line up.
Her name was Gisela Gagliardi and she went by TwiFanG or @mad4hugh on Twitter. I didn't know this woman, but on some level, I feel like I did - she could have been any one of us, out there visiting from New York, living her dream, meeting up with friends and actors who almost seem like friends at this point, getting front-row seats to this beginning of the end of The Twilight Saga. It breaks my heart that a life was cut short like this...tragic.
At center, loving life.
A Twitter friend - @theswandive - has set up a memorial page here, if you would like to take a moment to send some words of support or make a donation. Thanks as always for being the best online community in the world - I can't agree more with the "#FandomIsFamily" tweets I have seen today. If I could, I'd give each and every one of you an uncomfortably tight and long hug right now.