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San Bruno explosion victim, 20, remembered as a fun-loving fashion student

September 11, 2010 | 12:32 pm

Jessica Morales had decided to go to her boyfriend's house in San Bruno, Calif., to watch the first NFL football game of the season, disappointing her brother who'd hoped she would stay home and watch Thursday night's game with him.

"I wish she wouldn't have been over there on that day, said Rene Morales of her 20-year-old daughter.

Jessica Morales was one of at least four people killed when a gas line explosion ripped through the suburban neighborhood near San Francisco.

Jessica, her mother said, was an outgoing woman with an interest in fashion and design. She worked at a local Baskin-Robbins and attended the Academy of Art university in San Francisco.

On Saturday, managers were planning a meeting for her co-workers to mourn and remember her.

"She was one of our family, she was a member of our team," said LaDena Stewart, a corporate manager for the chain.

The mother said the family moved to San Bruno about three years ago so that Jessica could finish high school at what the mother deemed a quality public school.

Jessica had a interest in fashion that sometimes spilled out in playful ways, said her mother, who recalled her daughter experimenting with hair styling by cutting a younger brother's hair. She said while her son enjoyed his new look, the boy's Boy Scout leader suggested Jessica should study hairstyling a little more.

"She was outgoing," her mother said. "She could talk about anything in the world."

-- Paloma Esquivel and Tony Barboza from San Bruno, Calif.


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