While there’s no possible way to put a positive spin on the Dark Knight Rises shooting, which happened in Aurora, Colorado on June 20, hopefully recent developments will give some solace to victims and their families. Oh, and that visit from Batman himself probably didn’t hurt either. Less than two weeks after allegedly killing 12 people and wounding dozens more at the Century Aurora 16, suspect James Holmes has been charged with 142 counts, including 24 counts of murder, 116 counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of explosives stemming from the booby trap the former neuroscience grad student set for authorities at his apartment. Experts postulate that the trial will largely revolve around Holmes’ sanity at the time of the shooting. Based on all the details surrounding the case, that will not be surprising in the least.
Meanwhile, Dark Knight Rises composer Hans Zimmer has written a charity song to benefit the Aurora Victim Relief Organization. He posted the haunting, lovely tune to his Facebook page on Friday, explaining, “‘Aurora’ is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families.” You can get the song by donating at least 10 cents, or you can make the organization’s day by giving more than the handful of pennies you found jammed between your couch cushions. We think you know which one we’ll be picking. (Hint: it’s not the pennies.)
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In the hours since 12 people were killed and at least 59 wounded by a gunman at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colorado, dozens of pieces of information have made their way onto the Internet, the most disturbing of those related to the alleged shooter himself. Identified as 24-year-old University of Colorado-Denver neuroscience graduate student James Holmes, the suspect allegedly told police he was the Joker, Batman’s nemesis in The Dark Knight, while he was being taken into custody following the attack. While information about the tragedy is still trickling in, other specifics about the shooting are just as harrowing:
- In addition to the arsenal of four guns he used during the shooting, Holmes allegedly outfitted his apartment with a homemade booby trap or incendiary advice that police are still in the process of identifying. “It’s nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told MSNBC.
- Warner Bros has apparently pulled all TV and radio commercials for The Dark Knight Rises set to run this weekend.
- Jordan Ghawi, brother of shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, has written a blog post describing the details of the shooting as reported by an alleged witness named Brent, including those surrounding the death of his sister. “Jessica and Brent were seated in the middle portion of the theatre when a device was thrown into the theatre that produced a ‘hissing’ sound,” Jordan writes in part. “The theatre then began to fill with smoke which is when patrons began to move from their seats. At that time, shots were fired.”
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