Victims’ families hear how suspect allegedly planned theater attack for months
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Day two of the James Holmes preliminary hearing was filled with intense and emotional details for the families of people who were murdered at the Century 16 Theaters in Aurora.
It was almost unbearable for family members to listen to the 911 calls coming from Theater 9.
“It was very hard to hear the 911 calls,” says Jessica Watts.
In one call, Veronica Moser’s 13-year-old cousin is hysterically telling the dispatcher the little girl is dead and her mother was critically injured.
“I was sitting right behind her father Ian Sullivan in court and it was extremely difficult for him,” Watts says.
Jessica Watt’s cousin, Jonathon Blunk, died in the Aurora theater.
Blunk’s wife, Chantel, says it’s also hard to hear how Holmes allegedly planned the attack for months. “It’s upsetting, it’s sick,” she says.
“You’re planning to take people’s lives, how can you be doing that, you’ve been doing that for months.”
They feel the planning proves Holmes is sane. “Not only that but to do the research … such a mass attack,” Blunk says.
And as for Holmes’ bizarre appearance and actions when police first arrested him, “I think he’s faking it,” she says.
Just as Holmes shows no emotion in court, victims’ family members say they refuse to let him see just how much their hearts are breaking.
“I don’t care about his future whether he lives or dies,” Chantel Blunk says. “I don’t care I’m just here to represent our family and Johnny and all I care about is our kids and our future.”