Who are the victims of the Colorado gay nightclub shooting?


Five people were killed and dozens more injured in a shooting at the Club Q gay nightclub over the weekend. The suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was arrested at the scene and charged with murder and hate crimes.

Here’s what we know so far about the victims.

Four victims have been identified so far.

Daniel Aston, in an undated photo. Daniel Aston was one of five people killed when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs on November 19.

(Courtesy of Jeff Aston via Associated Press)

Daniel Aston

Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man, was also 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 bit, but then you go through that phase where you’re just a little numb, and I’m sure it will hit us again,” Aston said.

“I still think it’s a mistake, that they made a mistake and he’s really alive,” she added.

Aston helped new customers feel comfortable in this gay-friendly bar.

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

“‘Looks like it’s your first time,'” Stamm recalled telling Aston. “‘Let’s get you a drink.'”

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

“If I wanted a cigarette from Daniel, I had to shower it with silly compliments ‘Your mullet is very handsome today’ ‘Did you do something to your mustache? He looks very complete, ‘” the artist tweeted. “I’m gonna miss walking into the bar and saying ‘WHO LET YOU ENTER HERE?????’ And I’m going to miss being greeted with his middle finger in my face. So so so.”

“Enjoy the silly times with your friends,” the performer added.

Derrick Croup

Rump was a bartender at Club Q. His mother confirmed his death to The Times but declined an interview.

Rump was a “lovely, funny and hilarious person” who always made people laugh with a cheeky remark or a friendly little “shadow”, said Keoni Moore, 20, a DJ who worked at the club.

“Derrick was really the comedian,” Moore said.

Drag performer Del Lusional has also posted on Rump.

“Just before all that, I started singing Hero by Enrique Inglesias to Derrick while he was serving me a drink because he was in a bad mood and it made him laugh… And that’s the last times that I spoke to him”, says the interpreter. posted on Twitter.

Kelly loving

Loving, 40, was visiting Club Q in Denver when she was fatally shot, a friend confirmed to The New York Times.

“I’m so devastated because he was such a good person,” said Natalee Skye Bingham, 25, who said she was close with Loving. “She was going to be at my house for Thanksgiving next Thursday and now she’s one less person at my table.”

Bingham posted on Facebook after the shooting that she knew Loving was at the club but hadn’t heard from him since the shooting.

“My transgender sister attended the club and was on FaceTime with me minutes before this happened. If anyone has any information if she is alive please message me,” she wrote.

Ashley Paugh

Paugh was a Club Q customer on Saturday night and was killed in the shooting, her sister confirmed to NBC News.

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

His sister-in-law also confirmed the death in a Facebook post.

“It is with a heavy heart that I say that my sister-in-law, Ashley Green Paugh, was tragically murdered late Saturday night in a senseless act of hate,” Kimberly Paugh wrote. “My wish is that he [the shooter] could hear the cries of my niece, crying for her mum, as her crying father tells her that her mum is gone – repeating itself for the rest of her life.




Los Angeles Times

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