Did federal student grants fund Holmes’ movie theater massacre?

James Holmes may have used grant money from the National Institutes of Health to purchase the weapons he allegedly used to kill 12 people and injure 58 others, the Huffington Post reports. Included in the purchases was an assault rifle bought immediately after Holmes failed an important oral exam, according to the New York Daily News. Holmes, the 24-year-old suspected gunman in the “Dark Knight” Aurora, Colo. shooting, was the recipient of a prestigious national NIH Training Grant while he was pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver, according to school officials. In an email to The Huffington Post, NIH explained the grant includes a “$21,600 stipend per year in 12 monthly installments to help defray living expenses while they pursue their academic research training experience.”

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