Pastor remembers shooting suspect as shy, intelligent

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A pastor for the family of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes recalls him being a shy boy who was driven to succeed academically.

Senior Pastor Jerald Borgie (BOR'-gee) of Penasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego said Sunday he was always the one to start conversations with Holmes, who never approached Borgie and wasn't seen mingling at the church with other people his age.

Borgie recalls a proud, intelligent boy who was determined to go to graduate school. He last spoke with the suspect about six years ago.

The pastor says the family has belonged to the San Diego church for about 10 years. The suspect's mother attends services regularly and volunteers her time.

Signs inside the church read, "Prayers for those affected by the Colorado tragedy" and "Prayers for the Holmes family." Churchgoers scrawled messages of support on the signs.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 at 06:12 AM
    6 years since the pastor talked to him last. Sounds like he's a real authority on this guy's mental state at the time of the shooting. What a "relevant" and "useful" article!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    You guys are really milking this story. And it doesn't really matter if the guy never approached the pastor. Maybe he was cautious because so many preachers are child molesters.
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