When I heard that there was mask of James Holmes--with the deranged look and orange hair he had during his first court hearing--for sale on eBay, I had to go see if it was true. Although the posting has been deleted ever since ABC News reported about it, the photo of the Halloween mask is still available. Not only is it scary as hell to look at, but I think it's the most disrespectful and insensitive things I've seen in a while, considering Holmes is accused of committing one of the most heinous crimes at a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, last July.
Hugo Jackson Medley is being called a "miracle baby," and for good reason! He was born on Tuesday morning, just four days after the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting that left 12 people dead and more than 50 injured--including little Hugo's dad, Caleb Medley, who was shot in the face and is now fighting for his life. Mom, Katie, thankfully escaped unharmed.
Hugo's parents, huge Batman fans, were at the fateful midnight showing of The Dark Knight in Aurora last week when tragedy struck. The couple described it as one of their last date nights before Katie's due date. Katie's father, David Sanchez, tells NBC News that they even wore their Batman gear to the premiere: "They waited for this movie for over a year, " he said, so it's no surprise the couple were at the theater, despite the fact that Katie was almost due to give birth.
No matter whom I speak to while out and about here in Denver, the conversation always turns to the Aurora masacre and its alleged perpetrator, James Holmes. While the rest of the country has gone back to life as usual, the killing spree and its aftermath continues to consume the residents of this great state as the victims are laid to rest and new information is revelead about the accused gunman.
Just a little bit ago, I learned that Holmes had apparently sent a spiral-bound notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist detailing the massacre down to drawings of "gun-wielding stick figures blowing away other stick figures," according to what a law enforcement source told Fox News.
Christian Bale demostró su humanidad al visitar a los sobrevivientes del tiroteo en Colorado (VÍDEO)
Dicen por ahí, que después de la tormenta, siempre llega la calma y todo indica que cada día, es una batalla menos que librar, para quienes fueron gravemente heridos, tras el tiroteo ocurrido el pasado viernes, en una sala de cine en Aurora, Colorado. Pero no cabe duda, que la solidaridad y la empatía que ha mostrado la sociedad estadounidense hacia los sobrevivientes de esta masacre, ha sido un factor importante, para su recuperación. Y lo mejor de todo, es que la tragedia ha tocado a todos por igual, incluso a Christian Bale, protagonista de la última película de Batman: "The Dark Knight Rises".
Like a lot of people I know, the first feeling I had as soon as I saw the first images of James Holmes during his first court appearance yesterday was one of hatred. Although it might sound horrible and unchristian to some, I actually wished him dead because no one who perpetrates the kind of horror, misery and pain he did last Friday morning deserves to be alive.
And then, as the day progressed, I started to realize that Holmes might be a mass murderer, but he is also somebody's son. Arelene Holmes' son, to be exact.Continue Reading >
Tragedies like the movie theater shooting in Colorado are difficult enough to deal with on their own, especially with everyone questioning how anyone could possibly commit such a senseless act in the first place. That's why I am in absolute disgust and shock over the fact that religious extremists, like members of the Westboro Baptist Church and evangelical leader, Jerry Newcombe, are now using the incident as a platform for their own beliefs.
I've been trying to stay as strong as possible for my children today, but it's been extremely difficult to keep the tears at bay as more and more stories of the Aurora movie theater massacre continue to be told. From the first-hand accounts of those who survived the most terrifying moments of their lives to the little info police has disclosed about the killing spree, the stories are heartbreaking and shocking. But none more than that of 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi (aka Jessica Redfield), one of the 12 victims of this tragedy, and the only one whose family has allowed for her name to be broadcast.
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Today I woke up much earlier than normal thanks to the tragic news of the shooting spree that took place very early this morning in a movie theater in Denver, the city where I live. Since my husband and I are journalists, calls began to come in very early and because he's a cameraman he was quickly sent to the scene of the massacre. Like many others, I've been glued to the TV and social media since I learned of the killings trying to make some kind of sense of this tragedy.
"It's like hell," my husband, a newsphotographer, told me yesterday as he was leaving Colorado Springs, the site of the Waldo Canyon wildfires that have been ravaging the state we live in for the past few days. Sadly, this is only one of seven different areas burning in Colorado, thanks to unseasonably hot weather, extreme dryness and unwelcomed wind, which have made containing the fires a lot harder than expected.
I'm in awe of the work our firefighters are doing and my heart breaks just thinking about the hundreds of people who've lost everything and the thousands that have been evacuated and stand to suffer the same losses. With no immediate end in sight, all we ask is for people to please pray for Colorado.Continue Reading >