Five killed in Colorado gay nightclub shooting

Five people were killed and dozens injured in a mass shooting at LGTBQ nightclub Club Q over the weekend. The suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was arrested at the scene and arrested on murder and hate crime charges.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez identified the five victims at a news conference Monday afternoon.

This is what we know about them.

Daniel Aston, pictured in an undated photo, was one of five people killed late Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs.

(Courtesy of Jeff Aston via The Associated Press)

Daniel Aston

Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man, was a bartender at Club Q. His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his mother, Sabrina Aston.

“We’re in shock. We cried a little bit, but then she goes through this phase where she’s kind of numb, and I’m sure she’ll hit us again,” his mother said.

She added, “I still think it’s a mistake, that they made a mistake, that he’s actually alive.”

Aston helped new customers feel comfortable in their gay friendly bar.

Shelby Stamm, 21, who is bisexual, said she was nervous the first time she went to Club Q. She said Aston noticed, and came to comfort her.

“It looks like your first time,” Stam recalled Aston telling her. “Let’s get you a drink.” “

Drag performer Del Lusional, who performed at Club Q the night of the shooting, posted a tribute to Aston on Twitter.

“If I wanted a cigarette from Daniel I had to give him stupid compliments” The mullet looks great today “Did you do something to your mustache? It looks so plump” the performer tweeted. “I’m going to miss walking to a bar and going ‘Who let you here????? And I will miss being greeted with his middle finger to my face. Very much.

The performer added, “Enjoy the dumb moments with your friends.”

Derek Ramp

Rump was a bartender at Club Q. His death was confirmed by his mother to The Times but refused to be interviewed.

Keoni Moore, 20, a DJ who used to work at the club, said the spanking was “a sweet, funny, funny guy” who always made people laugh with a sassy remark or a bit of a friendly “shade.”

“Derek was very much the comedian,” said Moore.

Drag performer Del Lusional has also posted about Rump.

“Just before all of this, I started singing Hero by Enrique Inglesias to Derek while he was getting me a drink because he was in a bad mood which made him laugh. … And that was the last time I ever spoke to him,” the artist posted on Twitter.

Kelly Loving

A friend, 40, confirmed that she was visiting Club Q from Denver when she was shot and killed.

Natalie Skye, 25, was FaceTime with Loving minutes before the shooting.

“I told her, ‘I love you, be safe,'” Sky said in an interview, “and she said it to me again, and I never heard back from Kelly again.”

When she tried to reach out again to Loving later that night and the next morning, she received no response.

Skye, who has known the Loving since they lived in Florida, finds out that her friend died from the Loving’s roommate.

The two and two other friends celebrated Loving’s 40th birthday days earlier, on November 16. Loving was supposed to join Skye for Thanksgiving.

“In the gay community, we come together to create our families. Kelly was like a mother to me. I invited her to Thanksgiving at my house because I didn’t know what her plans were. I planned for her to be at my house starting today,” Sky said.

“Now you won’t be at the dinner table this week at Thanksgiving,” Sky said.

Sky told The Times that she survived the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Ashley Pugh

Her sister confirmed to NBC News that Bao was a patron at Club Q on Saturday night and was killed in the shooting.

Beau, 35, was the mother of an 11-year-old girl, according to her sister, Stephanie Clark.

Her sister-in-law confirmed the death in a Facebook post.

“It is with a heavy heart that I say my sister-in-law, Ashley Greene Bow, was tragically murdered late Saturday night in a senseless act of hate,” Kimberly Bowe wrote. “I hope he is [the shooter] I could hear my niece’s screams, crying for her mother, while her weeping father told her that her mother kept repeating for the rest of his life.”

Raymond Green Vance

Green Vance was at the club on Saturday with his girlfriend, Cassie Fierro, and her family for a birthday party. Green Vance’s death was confirmed by his mother to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Green Vance was fatally shot when the gunman entered the club, according to a Facebook post from Atrevida Beer Co. owned by his girlfriend’s family.

According to the post, “With an incredibly heavy and broken heart, we have lost Raymond, who has been a part of our lives since our daughter was in high school.”

Cassie Fierro also wrote on Instagram about Green Vance’s death, saying that she “will never be able to recover from this.”

“You gave me the best 5 years and 4 months,” she wrote. “My sweet darling, I will never forget you.”

The brewery’s post also stated that one of the brewery’s owners, Rich Fierro, “injured his hands, knees, and ankle while arresting the shooter.”

Fierro is a veteran, according to the brewery’s website.

He declined to comment when contacted by The Times.

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