Aurora Suspect: A ‘Smart And Quiet Man’ Who Allegedly Hid A ‘Deadly Plan’

The Denver Post continues to dig into the life of James Eagan Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in the shooting rampage Friday in Aurora, Colo., that left at least 12 people dead and about 58 wounded.

Friday, as Eyder wrote, an image emerged of Holmes as something of a recluse.

Today’s Post story is here. It adds some details to the life of a man who went from being “Jimmy” Holmes — soccer player and top student n high school — to being the man authorities blame for one of the worst acts of violence in the nation’s history. Here are a few key points:

— “From what little is known about the suspect, it appears that he was a study in contrast — a smart and quiet man who authorities say harbored a deadly plan.”

— “In May, he began buying guns and apparently stocking up on the body armor that police said he wore during the shooting.”

— In San Diego, “the Mai family has lived next door to the Holmes family for abut 15 years on a middle-class street in suburban San Diego. Christine Mai, 17, said she never saw Jimmy Holmes act out violently or with a weapon, nor did she see him socializing with friends or bringing girlfriends home.”

On Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR’s Carrie Kahn added that:

“Before coming to Denver, Holmes lived in San Diego, where he went to high school. He attended college at the University of California, Riverside, graduating two years ago. U.C. Riverside Chancellor Timothy White says he was a top-rated student.

” ‘He was an honor student, so academically he was at the top of the top. He really distinguished himself from an academic point of view during his four years with us,’ White says.”

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