James Holmes: Timeline of CU e-mails in twelve hours after shooting shows confusion, fear

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How did faculty and staff at the University of Colorado, where accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was a neuroscience student, react the morning of July 20? We've put together a timeline of e-mails culled from the 3,800 released this week by CU. The e-mails, which you can read below, are from the first twelve hours after Holmes allegedly opened fire at a sold-out midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing twelve people.

CU released e-mails containing the name "James Holmes" on Wednesday in response to requests from several media outlets.

At 6:41 a.m. on July 20, Sergeant Jason Mollendor of the police department at Auraria Campus, where part of the University of Colorado-Denver is located, asked staff to check their student records for a James Holmes.

E-mail July 20 6:41 a.m.

Six minutes later, Angie Ribera, the director of the neuroscience program, sent an e-mail to program administrator Cammie Kennedy, wondering if it was the Holmes they knew.

E-mail July 20 6:47 a.m.

An hour later, Ribera had her confirmation.

E-mail July 20 7:46 a.m.

Ribera soon expressed concern for the safety of CU students who knew him.

E-mail July 20 7:50 a.m.

By 8:30 a.m., the media had figured out he was a CU student.

E-mail July 20 8:31 a.m.

Continue for more of our James Holmes-CU e-mail timeline.

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I think its odd that Ribera was worried about other students being in danger? Why would she think this since Holmes was in custody? What does she know?

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

Well, you wasted others' time with your useless comment, Kierstyn Floyd Bristol.

Amy Moore-Shipley
Amy Moore-Shipley

innocent until proven guilty but this is just useless trash. why don't you all investigate what really happen?


@dcCU Because he was friends with 1-2 students in campus. There was a chance they were also dangerous if they were actually associated with Holmes.


see thats the problem! news that supports an incomprehensible incident is deemed unworthy yet very relevant. So, what? you want another catastophe and then the news wouldnt be considered slow, huh Chief?


you just did and its sad that you think the truth is sad


Very interesting news Pesos. Now it is more clear regarding witnesses that are not ready to be interviewed by defense. something about a P35 motion. I will need to recheck articles and notes. and there are still so many unexplained loose ends. guess we will have to wait until march. thank you for your response.

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