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San Diego Media Grapple with Movie Theater Gunman’s Local Connections

As details began to emerge this morning about the apparent perpetrator of the horrific Aurora, CO tragedy, members of the San Diego media were forced to confront some unwelcome news. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes grew up in the area.

Veteran journalist Don Bauder was one of the first among those to post locally about this aspect of the fatal mass shooting, via the San Diego Reader website. About an hour and a half later, Bauder added more info in the comments:

Holmes graduated from Westview High School in 2006. He attended a biotech boot camp at Miramar College. He also apparently worked at Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His mother and father live in Rancho Peñasquitos, where he once lived.

Holmes was working on a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Colorado School in Denver. He began his studies in the fall of last year, but dropped out last month… His father left Rancho Peñasquitos this morning to go to Colorado.

KPBS blogger Beth Ford Roth has been separately keeping track of the fact that several of those injured during this nonsensical midnight rampage have ties to the U.S. military:

Update – 07/20/12: Holmes also attended UC Riverside, graduating with honors in 2010. The Inland Valley’s Daily Bulletin has a good look at that portion of the alleged shooter’s life.

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