Meet Arlene Holmes, she is the mother of the man who killed 12 people and injured over 50 more at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on Friday’s premiere of Batman “The Dark Knight Rises.”
James Eagan Holmes showed no emotion at his first court appearance today, his parents however have been in the middle of a chaos ever since their son was identified as the Aurora shooter.
We first heard of Holmes’ mother Arlene Holmes, when media quoted her telling reports that police had not contacted her, but that they got the right person, referring to her son, being the man responsible for the massacre at theater #9 in Colorado, but today, Mrs. Holmes said media misinterpreted her statement and that she never confirmed it was her son the “right person” she referred to, but to herself as the right person when asked if she was Arlene, James’ mom.
“This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media. I was awakened by a call from a reporter by ABC on July 20 about 5:45 in the morning. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time. He asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered yes, you have the right person. I was referring to myself.
“I asked him to tell me why he was calling and he told me about a shooting in Aurora. He asked for a comment. I told him I could not comment because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son, and I would need to find out. “
58-year-old Arlene Rosemary Holmes wife of 61-year-old Robert Milton Holmes and mother of 24-year-old James Holmes and a younger daughter Chris who is a student at san Diego State.
Mrs. Holmes is a resident at Rancho Penasquitos area of San Diego, California. She was born on May 6, 1954. She is a registered nurse, while her husband got his PhD from Stanford, Berkley and UCLA and is a senior scientist in the San Diego office of FICO. Arlene Holmes lived in Salinas, California in 2000, and moved back to san Diego the following year.
Mrs. Holmes and her family attend to a Presbyterian church,host Christmas parties for their neighbors who described them as quiet and kind people. She and her family are being represent by attorney Lisa Damiani.