Reuters reports that suspected mass murderer James Holmes’s neighbor, Rachel Reed, recalling a scene where she bumped into Holmes at a popular Colorado hangout spot and he took a distinct disliking to her jukebox selection of a Lil Wayne song.
Holmes approached Reed and told her that he prefers rock ‘n’ roll over rap and proceeded to make “some racially charged comments about rap.”
“He seemed like he was a normal dude,” she said. “He was a little buzzed.”
Many rappers—ranging from the likes of Rick Ross to Pusha T, Waka Flocka Flame, Busta Rhymes, Trae Tha Truth and Bun B—weighed in on the tragedy.
“My condolences and prayers go out to the victims and families in the #theatershooting #ColdWorld,” Waka Flocka tweeted.
Trae Tha Truth re-tweeted Waka’s comment, before tweeting himself: “Prayers go out to The Victims In Colorado Shooting… Their Family, Kids and Loved Ones…..”
Bun B called the disgusting news, “so sad and crazy,” while Rozay simply re-tweeted a message from NFL player and friend Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson: “My prayers and condolences to the victims and their families in Aurora, Colorado affected by this terrible tragedy…”
Rapper Cormega doesn’t think the nature of the movie should be blamed for this act of senseless violence. “To all the comprehension challenged people NO I DON’T THINK BATMAN CAUSED THE SHOOTING! I did’nt think Boyz N the hood did either!” Mega tweeted. “Name 1 hip hop or urban movie the casued 12 deaths and 50 injuries! Rap doesn’t cause violence. Violence reflects conditions we live in.”
Holmes walked into a crowded Aurora movie theater during an opening night viewing of the new Batman movie Friday and opened fire, killing a dozen people and injuring many more. He’s in custody.—Mark Lelinwalla