Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

A loving boy. A 28-year-old bartender who loved to perform. A visiting mother from a small town who enjoyed hunting. These are among the victims of a rampage at an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs that left five people dead and 17 others with gunshot wounds.

Club regulars and newcomers – gay and straight, transgender and cisgender – flocked to Club Q on weekends to dance, enjoy a comedy show or work the bar. What began as a typical Saturday night of dancing and drinking at a prominent LGBTQ+ establishment in a conservative Colorado town south of Denver ended in tragedy when a gunman entered and began firing shots before being caught and subdued.

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The suspect (22) is facing five charges of murder and five charges of committing a crime with prejudice and causing bodily harm.

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Here are the five killed:

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, Nov. 19, 2022 (Courtesy of Jeff Aston via AP).

Daniel Aston, 28, grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and moved two years ago to be closer to family in Colorado Springs. He worked as a bartender and entertainer at Club Q and valued the place as a haven where he could be who he was as a transgender man and perform in front of cheering audiences, his mother, Sabrina Aston, told The Associated Press.

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A self-proclaimed “master of silly things,” Aston had a penchant for making others laugh that began as a child when he donned elaborate costumes and wrote plays that were acted out by neighborhood kids. In college, where he was president of the school’s LGBTQ club, he organized fundraisers with increasingly flashy productions.

“(Daniel’s shows) are great. Everyone must visit him,” said his mother. “He lit up the room, always smiling, always happy and goofy,” she said.

Derrick Rump, 38, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a photo shared by police.

Derrick Rump, 38, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a photo shared by police.

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Derrick Rump, 38, a bartender at Club Q, was remembered as a loving and smart person who accepted his friends as his family.

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“He was living his dream and he would want everyone to do the same,” said his mother, Julia Thames, who confirmed his death to ABC News.


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In a statement, she said Rump was “a kind, loving person with a heart of gold.”

“He was always there for my daughter and I when we needed him; also his friends from Colorado, who he would say are also his family,” she said in a statement.

Rump’s friend, Anthony Jaramillo, told CBS News that Rump was “kind, supportive, heavy handed, and just a really good listener and wouldn’t be afraid to tell you when you were wrong instead of telling you what you think wanted to hear and that was really valuable.”

Kelly Loving, 40, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a photo shared by police.

Kelly Loving, 40, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a photo shared by police.

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Kelly Loving, 40, was on a FaceTime call with a friend from the Q club just minutes before the shooting began. Natalee Skye Bingham told The New York Times that the last thing she said to Loving was, “Be safe. I love you.”

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“She was like a trans mother to me. I looked up to her,” Bingham said. “In the gay community, you create your own families, so it’s like I almost lost my real mother.”

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Bingham, 25, said Loving had only recently moved to Denver and was visiting the club while on a weekend trip to Colorado Springs.

“She was a difficult woman,” Bingham said. “She taught me what it’s like to be a trans woman and live your life day by day.”

Loving’s sister, Tiffany Loving, told the newspaper that the FBI had told her her sister had been killed.

“She was very loving, always trying to help the next person instead of thinking about herself,” Tiffany Loving said.

Raymond Green Vance, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a police surrender photo.

Raymond Green Vance, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a police surrender photo.

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Raymond Green Vance, 22, went to Club Q on Saturday night with his girlfriend Kassy Fierro and her father Rich, co-owner of Atrevida Beer Co., a local brewery in Colorado Springs. The group was there to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

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“My sweet baby. I will never be able to heal from this. I want to wake up from this horrible nightmare. I pray that you hear me when I call you. I’m sorry. I will never forgive myself for taking everyone there. I will love you until the day I come home to your arms,” Kassy Fierro wrote in a Facebook post on Monday accompanied by a photo of the couple.


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In a statement, Vance’s family described him as a kind, selfless man with a promising future. He worked at a FedEx distribution center, loved video games and was “willing to go out of his way to help anyone,” the family said.

“Raymond was the victim of a man who terrorized innocent people with family and friends,” they wrote in a statement.

Ashley Paugh, 35, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a photo shared by police.

Ashley Paugh, 35, the victim of the Nov. 20, 2022, shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., is seen in a photo shared by police.

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Ashley Paugh, 35, was a loving mother and wife with a “big heart,” said her husband, Kurt Paugh. She volunteered in an organization that helped children in foster families and delivered Christmas trees to the homes where they were placed to brighten up their holidays.

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“She was my high school sweetheart – and she was just an amazing mother. Her daughter was her whole world,” her husband said in a statement.

She also enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers.

A resident of La Junta, a town of 7,500 about a two-hour drive from Colorado Springs, Paugh was visiting for the day with a friend when they went to Club Q for comedy on Saturday night. She was supposed to arrange for the tree to be delivered to foster homes in Pueblo and Colorado Springs this week, her husband said.

Associated Press news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York and reporter Jesse Bedayn in Colorado Springs contributed to this report. Bedayn is a staff member for The Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Reporting for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on hidden issues.