* Package was in mailroom a week before massacre - Fox News
* University of Colorado says package was delivered on
* Funeral held for oldest person killed in massacre
* Twenty victims still hospitalized, seven critical
By Chris Francescani and Keith Coffman
AURORA, Colo. July 25 The man accused in the
movie theater massacre at the opening of the new "Batman" film
mailed a notebook detailing his plans to a psychiatrist at his
university before the attack, Fox News reported on Wednesday, as
the first funeral was held for one of the 12 people killed.
The package allegedly sent by 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes
had been in a mailroom at the University of Colorado since July
12 but remained unopened until its discovery on Monday, a law
enforcement source told FoxNews.com.
Reuters could not immediately verify the report. Messages
left with police in Aurora and other law enforcement officials
involved in the case were not immediately returned.
A spokesman for the FBI's Denver office said the bureau
could not speak about any aspect of the investigation because
the judge in the case had issued a protective order on Tuesday
that strictly limits what attorneys, law enforcement and court
staff can say publicly about the case.
The Fox News report said police and FBI agents were called
to the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus in Aurora
on Monday morning after a psychiatrist who is a professor at the
school reported receiving a package believed to be from the
Although that package turned out to be from someone else and
harmless, a search of the Campus Services' mail room turned up
another parcel sent to the psychiatrist with Holmes' name in the
return address, the source told Fox News.
After obtaining a search warrant, police took the package
away and discovered its contents.
Fox News quoted its source saying: "Inside the package was a
notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people.
There were drawings of what he was going to do in it -- drawings
and illustrations of the massacre."
Images in the notebook included drawings of stick figures
shooting at other stick figures, the FoxNews.com report said.
Fox News did not identify the psychiatrist. Holmes was a
doctoral student in neuroscience at the Anschutz campus until
filing paperwork to drop out in June.
University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery confirmed in a
written statement that a suspicious package was delivered to the
campus by mail on July 23 and said it was "immediately
investigated and turned over to authorities within hours."
"The anonymous Fox News source that the package was received
on July 12 and sat on a loading dock is inaccurate," Montgomery
said in the statement.
She declined to discuss the package any further, citing the
order by Aurora County District Judge William Sylvester.
Police say Holmes, wearing tactical body armor and a gas
mask and toting three firearms, opened fire on a crowded
midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver
suburb of Aurora, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.
Holmes, who was arrested behind the theater immediately
after the attack, made his first appearance in court on Monday,
appearing sleepy and disoriented. Authorities plan to formally
charge him on July 30.
Hundreds gathered on Wednesday at the nondenominational
Pathways Church in Denver for the first funeral for a victim of
the July 20 massacre.
Gordon Cowden, at 51 the oldest victim of the shooting, was
a real estate appraiser who had taken his teenage daughters to
the movie theater where he was killed. His daughters escaped
An excerpt from the funeral program attributed to his
daughter Brooke read: "I will never forget that in such
disorientation and confusion of that night what was certain were
your yells, declarations of 'I love you' to both of us. Forever,
with love, Brooke."
Joyce Zounis, who knew Cowden through a single parents group
at her Aurora church, said Brooke Cowden gave an emotional
speech during the service in which she recounted dancing with
her father at an outdoor concert in June.
"Little did she know, this would be her last dance with her
dad," Zounis, 50, said.
Doug Newman, a friend of Cowden, said the grief inside the
church was "pretty intense."
"I'm in absolute shock," Newman said. ""I haven't been
myself for a few days."
Services for Cowden came as 19 of those injured in the
shooting remained hospitalized, seven in critical condition.
HOSPITALS HELP COVER MEDICAL COSTS
Children's Hospital Colorado said on Wednesday that it would
use donations to cover the medical expenses of any victims who
lacked insurance and would waive co-pays or deductible related
expenses for those with insurance.
HealthOne, which owns Medical Center or Aurora and Swedish
Medical Center in Denver, said it would limit or eliminate
hospital charges "as appropriate to each patient and the
circumstances these individuals find themselves in."
HealthOne said it would not discuss any specific patient out
of respect in order to respect privacy.
Judge Sylvester ruled on Tuesday that no cameras would be
allowed in the courtroom when Holmes is charged next Monday.
Holmes' initial appearance on Monday was televised.
Authorities have not offered a motive for the shooting
spree. Police said Holmes, a former neuroscience student, left
his 800-square-foot (75-square-metre) apartment booby-trapped
with explosives that authorities said could have destroyed the
Local and state bomb experts conducted a controlled
demolition over last weekend.
On Wednesday members of Holmes' defense team spent about 45
minutes in the apartment, taking notes and videotaping the
scene. Attorneys declined comment to reporters as they left.
Holmes, who authorities say dyed his hair red and told them
he was The Joker in reference to Batman's comic-book nemesis,
was being held in solitary confinement to protect him from other
The shooting rampage has renewed debate in the United States
about gun control. At the same time, Colorado authorities said
on Tuesday that applications in the state for background checks
to buy firearms surged in the aftermath of the shooting.