Aurora Theater Shooting

James Holmes -- not that James Holmes -- gets Facebook slammed after Aurora theater attack

In a post about the post-Columbine tragedy rumor mill, Alan Prendergast notes that people who share a name with James Holmes, the accused shooter in the attack on an Aurora theater screening The Dark Knight Rises, would likely be inaccurately targeted via their Facebook page. And so it came to pass for a very different Colorado-based James Holmes, who posted a plea to those besieging him in an effort to get his online identity back.

Here's what he wrote:

Dearest random Facebook people who keep confusing me for a mass murderer and yet still send me Facebook requests.;

I appreciate the fact that you are trying to become better-informed about the occurrences last night in Aurora, but you have been somewhat mislead, in that I am not the man who did it. I am not a 24-year-old gun-slinging killer from Aurora, I am a 22-year-old book-slinging mass eater from Littleton. Somewhat distinct, I would assume. But I would appreciate if you would read this particular post an not assume that it would be interesting to be friends with someone on Facebook who is very probably going to be in jail and not be able to confirm your friend requests anyway, or even be friends with his girlfriend, who had the rather interesting experience of having to tell someone she had a job interview with that she is not, in fact dating a serial killer. James Holmes happens to be a pretty common name, surprisingly, so try not to jump the gun.

This is a screen capture of the message:

One thing notable about the image: Since we screen-grabbed it, Holmes has changed the name on his page from a simple "James Holmes" to "James P. Holmes," since the accused man's middle initial is "E." This switch, and the fact that the other Holmes's photos are now in wide circulation, may help the innocent Holmes -- who's listed as a cashier at Target -- return to a normal life.

That option won't be available to his namesake.

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