Facebook User Who Shares Name With Colo. Shooting Suspect Bombarded With Messages, Friend Requests

By David Cohen 

A Littleton, Colo., Facebook user was mistakenly caught up in the rush to gather information on the suspect in the tragic shootings in a theater in nearby Aurora, Colo., during a premiere showing of Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, as the Facebook user had the misfortunate of sharing the suspect’s name and being located nearby.

Mashable reported that James Holmes of Littleton posted the following status update on his Facebook page after numerous messages and friend requests intended for the suspect, also named James Holmes:

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 misled, 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 and not assume that it would be interesting to be friends on Facebook with someone on Facebook who is very probably going to be in jail and not 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.

Regards, a different guy named James Holmes.

Readers: Have you ever been involved in a case of mistaken identity on Facebook?

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