A 22-year-old Chicago native was among five people killed Saturday night when a gunman stormed an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, authorities said.
The attack at Club Q, which left 17 people with gunshot wounds, was halted when a patron grabbed a handgun from the suspect, hit him with it and pinned him down until police arrived a few minutes later, authorities said.
Among those who died was Raymond Vance Green, who went to the club to watch a show with his longtime girlfriend, her parents and her parents’ friends. In a statement, a family called Green, a Chicago native, a kind and selfless young adult with his whole life ahead of him.
“His closest friend describes him as gifted, one-of-a-kind, and willing to do anything to help anyone,” they said in the statement. He had just gotten a new job at a FedEx distribution center in Colorado Springs and was thrilled to receive his first paycheck.”
While born in Chicago, Green spent his entire life in Colorado Springs and graduated from Sand Creek High School. His mother described him as a popular and well-liked young man who never got into trouble and had many friends at school. He was also close to many of his family members, relatives said.
“His absence will leave irreparable grief in countless lives,” the family statement added in part. “Raymond will be unbearably missed.”