Sunday, July 22, 2012

Alleged movie theater shooter worked at Jewish summer camp

James Holmes, the alleged shooter who killed 12 in a crowded Colorado movie theater, reportedly worked at a Jewish summer camp for underprivileged children.

Holmes, 24, spent a summer working as a counselor for Camp Max Straus in Glendale, Calif., which is run by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday....

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Randy Schwab, chief executive of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and director of Camp Max Straus, said of Holmes, "His role was to ensure that these children had a wonderful camp experience by helping them learn confidence, self-esteem and how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes." In a later e-mail, Schwab added, "That summer provided the kids a wonderful camp experience without incident."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to President Obama on Saturday expressing his condolences and those of the Israeli people to the families of the Americans who were murdered in the theater.                                                                                                    

"All Israelis stand alongside the American people in mourning over this terrible tragedy which claimed the lives of so many," Netanyahu wrote. "We well understand the pain and loss that you are experiencing." -- JTA

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