The is filming this killing five people and wounding 17 others at Club Q deeply shook the small LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs. Among the victims were two recent Colorado transplants who came to the state in search of new opportunities. Some were members of the LGBTQ+ community, while others were friends and allies enjoying the bar.
Community members gathered to honor the lives of those lost through vigils and memorial services. Allies like Tyler Hill, a spiritual director from Colorado Springs, are helping their neighbors heal by offering guidance to people in their time of grief.
“A safe place for so many was disrupted – so it was important for us to go above and beyond to make sure they knew where there were safe places to grieve,” says Hill. “They are hurt, angry, scared, sad, confused. All the emotions are on the table, as they should be.”
Although police have not released the identities of the victims, the families have come forward with the names of the victims. Here’s what we know.
Daniel Aston, 28
This undated photo provided by Jeff Aston shows his son Daniel Aston. Daniel Aston was one of five people killed when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday night, November 19, 2022.
AP/Courtesy of Jeff Aston
Twenty-eight-year-old Daniel Aston’s bartending gig at Club Q was his first job in the city after moving there from Oklahoma two years ago. A transgender man, Aston was the self-proclaimed “Master of Stupid Business,” family members told the Associated Press. He also worked as an entertainer in the night club.
Aston will be remembered for the way “he lit up a room, always smiling, always happy and silly,” said his mother, Sabrina Aston. The family is struggling to come to terms with his murder, which happened the night before Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates all transgender people lost to violence.
“I keep thinking it was a mistake, they made a mistake and that he is really alive,” she said. The family was notified that their son had been shot at 2 a.m. Sunday. Police and a patient advocate notified the family that he had died later that morning.
Kelly Loving, 40
Kelly Loving, 40, recently moved to Colorado and visited Club Q on her weekend trip from Denver. Minutes after Loving hung up on a FaceTime call from longtime friend Natalie Skye Bingham, she was shot and killed.
“I’m so devastated because she was such a good person,” Bingham New York said times. “She was going to be at my house for Thanksgiving this coming Thursday and now there’s one less person at my table.”
Bingham credits Loving, who she calls her “trans mom,” as the person who taught her how to ease into her transition. “In the gay community, you start your families, so it’s like I almost lost my real mother,” she added.
Loving’s sister, Tiffany, described her as a kind, loving person who was “always fighting for people,” she said ABC News.
Derrick Rump, 38
Derrick RumpThe 38-year-old worked with Aston as a barman. His friends described it Denver Publish as someone who is “shy” but “warm” and “soulful”. He was “very understanding of other people’s situations,” said his friend Jessie Hazelwood.
Julia Thames, Rump’s mother, described him as having a “heart of gold”. “He was always there for my daughter and me when we needed him; so are his friends from Colorado, who he would call his family. He was living his dream and he would like everyone to do the same,” she said in a statement to ABC News.
Ashley Pough, 35
Ashley Pauw, mother of an 11-year-old daughter, drove from La Junta, Colorado, to spend the day in town with a friend. Pau was at Club Q to see a stand-up comedian perform, according to NBC.
Stephanie Clark, Pau’s sister, confirmed her death to NBC News. “It just doesn’t seem real,” Clarke NBC said. “We are heartbroken. We are sad. We are angry, angry.”
The Colorado sun says Pau worked at a foster care organization in Colorado Springs.
Raymond Green was at the nightclub to celebrate his friend’s birthday. His mother confirmed his death Colorado Springs Newspaper.
“It is with an incredibly heavy and broken heart that we have lost Raymond, who has been a part of our lives since our daughter was in high school,” said Jess Fierro, the mother of Green’s Facebook friend. according to the Colorado Sun. “We will miss him and his bright smile so much.” Green’s mother also confirmed his death, according to Colorado Springs Newspaper.
Green’s girlfriend was also present at Club Q. She broke her knee while running for cover.
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