Honors student James Holmes, 24, studied neuroscience at the University of Colorado's medical school but was in the process of withdrawing from graduate school. Neighbors called him a loner; Holmes wrote on an apartment application that he is "quiet and easy going." He is suspected of carrying out a killing spree in an Aurora movie theater, but Holmes' criminal history included nothing more than a single speeding ticket, NBC 6's Keith Jones reports. "As you can imagine, the Holmes family is very upset about all of this," said San Diego Police Department Lt. Andra Brown.
Following the massacre, Billapando said Sullivan's father showed up at the theater frantically asking for help finding his son. One tweet by @kurtisalee read, “Alex Sullivan-27. His dad can't get hold of him. Has anyone seen him?”
Alex was one of 12 that died after police say 24-year-old James Holmes opened fire into the audience, shooting 70 people.
Billapando’s two other friends are listed in critical condition. He is now asking others to donate blood and to help the families whose lives were forever changed and has set up a fundraiser.
"It's the Billapando fundraiser - that's our last name - it's basically to help pay for medical bill hopeful - for everyone,” he said.
Billapando knows that when he flies into Colorado Saturday night, he'll do one thing first.
"Give my brother and sister-in-law a hug,” he said.
To donate to the Billapando Fundraiser, click here.