Mother of Shooting Suspect Clarifies ‘You Have The Right Person’ Comment
A lawyer, speaking on behalf of the family of suspected Aurora movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes, read a statement from the family on Monday. The statement clarified a quote attributed to James Holmes’ mother from early Friday morning.
Early reports on Friday after the shooting included a comment to an ABC reporter from Arlene Holmes that said, “You have the right person,” when referring to her son. The quote was reported to have been said after she was informed of the shooting.
“The reason we are here is that the media has been attributing certain statements to Arlene Holmes and taking her comments out of context,” lawyer Lisa Damiani said.
In the statement read Monday by Damiani, Arlene Holmes clarified that she had been awoken by a reporter at 5:45 a.m. on Friday, and asked if she knew anything about a shooting in Aurora. Holmes said she did not, and Arlene Holmes said the reporter asked if she was Arlene Holmes and if her son was James Holmes.
In the written statement, Arlene Holmes says that is when she responded with, “Yes, you have the right person,” referring to herself. Arlene Holmes said the reporter asked for a comment about the shooting in Aurora, but that she could not comment until she knew learned more, and if the person involved was in fact her son.
“They want to reiterate that their hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Damiani said.
When asked how the family was doing, Damiani said, “They are doing as well as they can under the circumstances.”
James Holmes made his first appearance in court on Monday. View video of his appearance here.