Colorado massacre updates: Suspect had federal grant; names of victims emerge

DENVER (AP) — The University of Colorado says shooting suspect James Holmes had a federal grant to study neuroscience.

University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said Saturday that Holmes was one of six neuroscience students at the school to get National Institutes of Health grant money. She didn't know how much money he got.

The NIH says the university decides who gets the grants. Criteria for receiving the grant weren't immediately clear.

The university says Holmes enrolled in the program last year and was withdrawing. Montgomery says Holmes didn't indicate why he was withdrawing.

Montgomery says Holmes took an oral exam at the end of the semester that all students must pass to continue in the program. She says privacy laws prevent the school from releasing his score.

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A bomb squad has set off a small detonation in the apartment of the Colorado shooting suspect.

Someone yelled "fire in the hole" a few times and then a fire engine horn honked. Then there was a pause of a few seconds and then a bang that was not much louder than a shotgun going off.

There was no fire or smoke, but it did blow out what remained of the window and its frame to the apartment of James Holmes, the suspect in Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater.

Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson says the controlled detonation was successful. She says there's work to be done in the apartment to include dealing with other devices.

And Carlson says there's a possibility of more detonations, but the surrounding streets are opening.

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Moser drifted in and out of consciousness in the ICU, bullets lodged in her throat and abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter Veronica.

Nobody had the heart to tell her that Veronica was already dead, the youngest victim killed at a Colorado movie theater in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

"Nobody can tell her about it," Annie Dalton said of her cousin, Ashley Moser. "She is in critical condition, but all she's asking about is her daughter."

Veronica was to start learning swimming lessons on Tuesday, Dalton said.

"She was excited about life as she should be. She's a 6-year-old girl," her great-aunt said

The young girl was among the 12 people killed when a gunman barged into a crowded Colorado theater, set off gas canisters and opened fire as spectators dove for cover. Dozens of others were injured, including the 25-year-old Ashley Moser and 10 others in critical condition as of Friday night.

The victims' identities have emerged one by one after authorities told their families of their deaths. By late Saturday morning, relatives and family spokesmen had confirmed the identities of half of those who died.

One is 27-year-old Matt McQuinn. His family's attorney, Rob Scott of Dayton, Ohio, said McQuinn was killed after diving in front of his girlfriend and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire. Scott's account could not be immediately verified.

For Alex Sullivan, it was to be a weekend of fun: He planned to ring in his 27th birthday with friends at the special midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" and then celebrate his first wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Late Friday, Sullivan's family confirmed that police told them he was among those killed.

"He was a very, very good young man," said Sullivan's uncle, Joe Loewenguth. "He always had a smile, always made you laugh. He had a little bit of comic in him. Witty, smart. He was loving, had a big heart."

Micayla Medek, 23, was also among the dead, her father's cousin, Anita Busch, told the Associated Press.

Busch said the news, while heartbreaking, was a relief for the family after an agonizing day of waiting for news.

"I hope this evil act ... doesn't shake people's faith in God," she said.

On Saturday morning, parents of John Larimer released a statement that Navy officials notified them about midnight that their 27-year-old son was one of the 12 killed.

The family said that Larimer's brother is working with the Navy to take his body home to Crystal Lake, Ill. He was with a unit that belongs to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet at Buckley Air Force.

A blogger and aspiring sports reporter who recently wrote of surviving a Toronto shooting was also among those killed, the woman's brother said.

The death of Jessica Ghawi, who was also known as Jessica Redfield, was a "complete and utter shock," said her brother, Jordan Ghawi.

He has been using his blog and Twitter account to update what he knew about his sister's condition. He also appeared on the NBC "Today" show.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said Friday evening that 10 victims died at the theater and two others later died from their injuries.

Jordan Ghawi said on his website that a man who was with his sister at the theater described the chaos, saying he and Jessica Ghawi dropped to take cover when the gunman first started shooting. Jessica Ghawi was shot in the leg, her brother wrote, describing details relayed to him by a man identified on the blog only as a mutual friend named Brent.

Jessica Ghawi began screaming when she was shot, and the friend tried to calm her and stop the bleeding, according to Jordan Ghawi.

The man was then shot, but he continued attending to Jessica Ghawi's wound before he realized she had stopped screaming, Jordan Ghawi stated. The man said Jessica Ghawi had been shot in the head.

Jordan Ghawi said the friend escaped the theater after being shot twice, and he was expected to survive. Jordan Ghawi praised the man, saying his "actions are nothing but heroic."

Jessica Ghawi, 24, moved to Denver from Texas about a year ago and friends and colleagues described her as outgoing, smart and witty.

Ghawi blogged at length about surviving the Eaton Centre mall shooting in Toronto that killed two people and sent several others to the hospital. Peter Burns, a radio sports show host with Mile High Sports Radio in Denver, and his girlfriend, Lauren Anuskewicz, both said the blog reflected everything she told them.

Jessica Ghawi wrote of the Toronto shooting: "I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders' faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath."

Yet, Burns said, Jessica Ghawi seemed more enlivened than intimidated by surviving that shooting.

"After the Toronto incident, I think she even looked at that like, 'Hey, even after that, I'm able to pursue my dream,'" he said.

Burns said he was close to her family. He moved to Denver from Texas a few years ago and talked with Jessica Ghawi about establishing a sports radio career there, he said.

Former colleague Mike Taylor, a sports host at KTKR-AM in San Antonio described how she reluctantly changed her name for her career, taking the name "Redfield" as a play on her red hair because it was easier to say than her given name.

Jessica Ghawi was a prolific social media user under the new name. Her last tweet stated in all capital letters, "movie doesn't start for 20 minutes."

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wonderful (Inactive) writes:

So totally saad!

Even from the bloggers here one can tell that our species has de-volved and with a lower tier that can't handle instant information and/or separate reality from fiction.

Hopefully, a new focus and beginning NOV 6th!

Hold on, AAAmerica!

LoadStar (Inactive) writes:

a lower tier that can't handle instant information and/or separate reality from fiction.

Very astute comment, Wonderful

fritobandito writes:

in response to wonderful:

So totally saad!

Even from the bloggers here one can tell that our species has de-volved and with a lower tier that can't handle instant information and/or separate reality from fiction.

Hopefully, a new focus and beginning NOV 6th!

Hold on, AAAmerica!

Yes, clearly what this country needs is more Republican gun-nuts in office.

22FOXTROT writes:

in response to fritobandito:

Yes, clearly what this country needs is more Republican gun-nuts in office.

Obama has sold more guns to the drug cartels than all of the other Nobel Peace Prize winners put together.

AndreTheGiant writes:

Ooh, fun.. a Republican throwing the first stone regarding Fast and Furious. Let's see...

"The first known ATF 'gunwalking' operation to Mexican drug cartels, named Operation Wide Receiver, began in early 2006 and ran into late 2007." ... "At the time, under the Bush administration Department of Justice (DOJ), no arrests or indictments were made."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatio...

But, let's blame Obama and forget about the past... because the past didn't really happen and, even if it did, has nothing to do with the present. Uh huh.

Don't forget - this is all just two sides of the same coin calling the other side tarnished.

Sane_in_Florida (Inactive) writes:

in response to wonderful:

So totally saad!

Even from the bloggers here one can tell that our species has de-volved and with a lower tier that can't handle instant information and/or separate reality from fiction.

Hopefully, a new focus and beginning NOV 6th!

Hold on, AAAmerica!

What does the impending election have to due with someone who obviously was afflicted with Schizophrenia? As if schizophrenics suddenly cease to exist when a repuplicant is in office?

You're a real pile of terd Willoughby and the fact that NDN gives you a blog is pathetic (or one of your nutbag buddies if I'm incorrect). There are no winners here. When I got out of the military, I went to work in a home with people with Schizophrenia, as is the norm, most were afflicted in their twenties. I feel as bad for the victims as I due for someone who slowly devolved into insanity.

He died his hair red and told the cops he was a joker - obviously the guy is not dealing with a full deck.

The fact that you could make this political is disgusting and repulsive. Mitt Romney's response was commendable; I was extremely impressed - even more so than the President's response.

Why can't you be a decent human being for a change?

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

Now we learn that he'd been stockpiling ammo for months. Doesn't sound exactly like your average schizophrenic or disorganized offender, does it?

Nope. Sounds like an organized psychopathic offender, doesn't he?

Month of stockpiling? But wait, he supposedly graduated college, and enrolled in the neuroscience doctoral program in Colorado, right?

Did he really? Then why's he 'in the process of withdrawing'? What's taking so long? You're either in or you're out.

He supposedly couldn't find work after college, yet here he is living in an 800 square foot apartment, stockpiling ammunition, purchasing expensive weapons.

On whose money? From what source? Who are his associates?

Now, according to Drudge, an eyewitness reports that he saw a second man inside the theatre open the emergency exit door so that Holmes could enter.

It's sounding yet more interesting, isn't it?

And what a convenient coincidence, eh? Just in time for this week's UN 'ban-all-guns treaty that the communist rats in the UN have been pushing for years, and coincident to the minute with ramadan? How very convenient, eh?

Also most helpful to get the peoples' minds off last week's 'you didn't succeed on your own' remarks, this 'crisis too good to waste'.

Yep, it's not too long before November, but it promises to be quite lively!

rbuonamici writes:

I love the comment, "I hope this evil act, doesn't shake people's belief in god." If there is a god, he must be evil to allow something like this to happen. If god could have stop this from happening and did not, why are you praying to him? Belief in a supreme being is a fantasy!!

TiredoftheBS writes:

Lets pull all grants since it drives them to kill. It'll save money too!

volochine writes:

You lemmings should talk to your family and not to your computer. It's clear the shooter used the internet to buy 3,000 rounds of ammo.

Movies will soon be direct to home video for fear of going outside.

I did love the Texas Tea-Party idiot, a Congressional House republican named Gomer or Goemert. He said he was surprised that no one in the theatre fired back.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

The grant explains how this thug was able to purchase the expensive supplies he needed to execute his mission.

Was this some of the 'stimulus money', by any chance?

Isn't it becoming more obvious that he used the 'Ph.D. neuroscience candidate' thing as aircover for his actual goal of mass homicide?

Who was the accomplice that let him into the theatre? Has he more accomplices?

Who were his leftist professors? Did any influence him to do what he did?

Why was the press so quick to dismiss terror connections when more curious details are only now emerging?

grouper25 writes:

in response to volochine:

You lemmings should talk to your family and not to your computer. It's clear the shooter used the internet to buy 3,000 rounds of ammo.

Movies will soon be direct to home video for fear of going outside.

I did love the Texas Tea-Party idiot, a Congressional House republican named Gomer or Goemert. He said he was surprised that no one in the theatre fired back.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

This might be the most uneducated, stupidest post this month.
The theatre had a no gun policy.

Now Mr Idiot let me ask you a simple question,
"Who has advantage in a gun-free zone?"

GOPWhistle_Tamer writes:

in response to grouper25:

This might be the most uneducated, stupidest post this month.
The theatre had a no gun policy.

Now Mr Idiot let me ask you a simple question,
"Who has advantage in a gun-free zone?"

It can't be, it didn't come from "Romneygate" AKA "GOPWhistleblower" AKA "Elephanttamer" AKA ..... Unless he changed his name AGAIN!

OP writes:

in response to AndreTheGiant:

Ooh, fun.. a Republican throwing the first stone regarding Fast and Furious. Let's see...

"The first known ATF 'gunwalking' operation to Mexican drug cartels, named Operation Wide Receiver, began in early 2006 and ran into late 2007." ... "At the time, under the Bush administration Department of Justice (DOJ), no arrests or indictments were made."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatio...

But, let's blame Obama and forget about the past... because the past didn't really happen and, even if it did, has nothing to do with the present. Uh huh.

Don't forget - this is all just two sides of the same coin calling the other side tarnished.

Whatever the flaws of Operation Wide Receiver, and because of the flaws of that program, it was ended before Obama came into office. Operation Fast and Furious is solely on the Obama watch, and therefore your attempt to cloud the issue by blaming Bush is misplaced.

If it was a bad idea in 2007, and ATF at that time decided it was; it is unbelievable that Obama's ATF would later think it was an effective deterrent and reconstitute a comparable and larger program. But, then, stopping gun smuggling wasn't the motive for Obama's gun smuggling operation; he wanted to create an opportunity to take guns away from American citizens, so he created more gun smuggling in order to later argue against the 2nd Amendment. And, that is a side of the story you want to ignore.

wrightconnection writes:

in response to rbuonamici:

I love the comment, "I hope this evil act, doesn't shake people's belief in god." If there is a god, he must be evil to allow something like this to happen. If god could have stop this from happening and did not, why are you praying to him? Belief in a supreme being is a fantasy!!

I am certainly no expert on religion, but from what I understand, God gave us free will. What we do with it is up to us. He does not control everything that happens on his earth. We are supposed to live our lives with one another following his word. If everyone followed his word, then things like this would not happen. Having a belief in a supreme being gives people faith when horrible things like this happen, it helps us cope, and gives us strength. Maybe God needed these special victims for a higher purpose, I don't know. All I can say is God bless the victims of this terrible event and may he give their families and friends strength.

romneygate writes:

in response to rbuonamici:

I love the comment, "I hope this evil act, doesn't shake people's belief in god." If there is a god, he must be evil to allow something like this to happen. If god could have stop this from happening and did not, why are you praying to him? Belief in a supreme being is a fantasy!!

Don't you know? It's all about "free will" even though as a supernatural, God already knows what you are going to do before you even do it. That's just the way it is - a "mystery". Get with the PLAN!

romneygate writes:

in response to OP:

Whatever the flaws of Operation Wide Receiver, and because of the flaws of that program, it was ended before Obama came into office. Operation Fast and Furious is solely on the Obama watch, and therefore your attempt to cloud the issue by blaming Bush is misplaced.

If it was a bad idea in 2007, and ATF at that time decided it was; it is unbelievable that Obama's ATF would later think it was an effective deterrent and reconstitute a comparable and larger program. But, then, stopping gun smuggling wasn't the motive for Obama's gun smuggling operation; he wanted to create an opportunity to take guns away from American citizens, so he created more gun smuggling in order to later argue against the 2nd Amendment. And, that is a side of the story you want to ignore.

Did you get that info about Obama's "plan" directly from the NRA or did Rush bring it to your attention?

romneygate writes:

in response to GOPWhistle_Tamer:

It can't be, it didn't come from "Romneygate" AKA "GOPWhistleblower" AKA "Elephanttamer" AKA ..... Unless he changed his name AGAIN!

Your user name suggests you are a "FAN". LOL

romneygate writes:

in response to wrightconnection:

I am certainly no expert on religion, but from what I understand, God gave us free will. What we do with it is up to us. He does not control everything that happens on his earth. We are supposed to live our lives with one another following his word. If everyone followed his word, then things like this would not happen. Having a belief in a supreme being gives people faith when horrible things like this happen, it helps us cope, and gives us strength. Maybe God needed these special victims for a higher purpose, I don't know. All I can say is God bless the victims of this terrible event and may he give their families and friends strength.

Thank you father. That's just how I remember it from indoctrination.

Ruger writes:

in response to TiredoftheBS:

Lets pull all grants since it drives them to kill. It'll save money too!

Grants Kill?

WHY didn't these democrats pass their 'psychiatric evaluation' laws before giving out these 'grants' (to buy ammo) when they had majority in the Congress & Senate??

Ruger writes:

in response to romneygate:

Thank you father. That's just how I remember it from indoctrination.

Your father was a Liberal College Professor?

Ruger writes:

in response to 22FOXTROT:

Obama has sold more guns to the drug cartels than all of the other Nobel Peace Prize winners put together.

Don't forget Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan "surge!" and ...Syria?

Oh, that's right ...thousands will be slaughtered "until :the election is over" Right Medvedev?

just_makin_it writes:

in response to romneygate:

Don't you know? It's all about "free will" even though as a supernatural, God already knows what you are going to do before you even do it. That's just the way it is - a "mystery". Get with the PLAN!

You mean get with the Sheeple, no thank you. I believe you can pray to God where ever, no big brick and cement building, or tithing needed. Isn't that one of the 10 commandments? Look it up fools!

Illusion writes:

in response to paul_vincent_zecchino:

Now we learn that he'd been stockpiling ammo for months. Doesn't sound exactly like your average schizophrenic or disorganized offender, does it?

Nope. Sounds like an organized psychopathic offender, doesn't he?

Month of stockpiling? But wait, he supposedly graduated college, and enrolled in the neuroscience doctoral program in Colorado, right?

Did he really? Then why's he 'in the process of withdrawing'? What's taking so long? You're either in or you're out.

He supposedly couldn't find work after college, yet here he is living in an 800 square foot apartment, stockpiling ammunition, purchasing expensive weapons.

On whose money? From what source? Who are his associates?

Now, according to Drudge, an eyewitness reports that he saw a second man inside the theatre open the emergency exit door so that Holmes could enter.

It's sounding yet more interesting, isn't it?

And what a convenient coincidence, eh? Just in time for this week's UN 'ban-all-guns treaty that the communist rats in the UN have been pushing for years, and coincident to the minute with ramadan? How very convenient, eh?

Also most helpful to get the peoples' minds off last week's 'you didn't succeed on your own' remarks, this 'crisis too good to waste'.

Yep, it's not too long before November, but it promises to be quite lively!

The interview in Drudge suggests that the shooter was in the theater, and left via the emergency exit to reappear dressed and armed. There is some interesting information unfolding about a person(relationship to Holmes unknown) being investigated. It is bringing up reminders of OKC, for me.

BillyBob1 writes:

in response to AndreTheGiant:

Ooh, fun.. a Republican throwing the first stone regarding Fast and Furious. Let's see...

"The first known ATF 'gunwalking' operation to Mexican drug cartels, named Operation Wide Receiver, began in early 2006 and ran into late 2007." ... "At the time, under the Bush administration Department of Justice (DOJ), no arrests or indictments were made."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatio...

But, let's blame Obama and forget about the past... because the past didn't really happen and, even if it did, has nothing to do with the present. Uh huh.

Don't forget - this is all just two sides of the same coin calling the other side tarnished.

So you are agreeing with Bush AND Obama? You actually think gving automatic weapons to Drug cartels is a good idea? I think they should be held accountable. Lets just vote out Bush and Obama.

OP writes:

in response to romneygate:

Did you get that info about Obama's "plan" directly from the NRA or did Rush bring it to your attention?

Just speaking truth to power.

wrightconnection writes:

in response to romneygate:

Thank you father. That's just how I remember it from indoctrination.

Have you ever said or written anything worth remembering or repeating..........didn't think so.

romneygate writes:

in response to wrightconnection:

Have you ever said or written anything worth remembering or repeating..........didn't think so.

You wouldn't having been programmed to accept conservative dogma.

TiredoftheBS writes:

in response to Ruger:

Grants Kill?

WHY didn't these democrats pass their 'psychiatric evaluation' laws before giving out these 'grants' (to buy ammo) when they had majority in the Congress & Senate??

Just a point being made.

If the 2nd Amendment kills so do Federal Grants!

GOPWhistle_Tamer writes:

in response to romneygate:

Your user name suggests you are a "FAN". LOL

At least MOST of my posts aren't responses to someone else. I DO have an original thought once in a while.

romneygate writes:

in response to GOPWhistle_Tamer:

At least MOST of my posts aren't responses to someone else. I DO have an original thought once in a while.

Really? LOL

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