Five people were killed and dozens more injured in a mass shooting at the gay nightclub Club Q over the weekend. The suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was taken into custody at the scene and arrested on murder and hate crime charges.
Here’s what we know so far about the victims.
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 you go through that phase where you’re just kind of numb and I’m sure it’s going to hit us again,” Aston said.
“I always think it’s a mistake, they made a mistake and that he’s really alive,” she added.
Aston helped new guests settle into the queer-friendly bar.
Shelby Stamm, 21, who is bisexual, said when she first went to Club Q she was nervous. Aston noticed, she said, and came over to calm her down.
“‘Seems like it’s your first time,'” Stamm recalled as Aston told her. “‘Let’s get you a drink.'”
Drag performer Del Lusional, who performed at Club Q on the night of the shooting, posted a tribute to Aston on Twitter.
“If I wanted a cigarette from Daniel, I had to flatter him with stupid compliments, ‘Your mullet looks great today’, ‘Have you done something to your moustache?’ It looks very crowded,’” The actor tweeted. “I’m going to miss going into the bar and being like ‘WHO LET YOU IN HERE?????’ And I will miss being greeted with his middle finger on my face. So so so much.”
“Enjoy the silly moments with your friends,” the performer added.
Rump was a bartender at Club Q. His mother confirmed his death to The Times but declined an interview.
Rump was a “lovely, funny, hilarious person” who would always make people laugh with a cheeky remark or a little friendly “shadow,” said Keoni Moore, 20, a DJ who used to work at the club.
“Derrick was very much the comedian,” Moore said.
Drag performer Del Lusional has also posted about Rump.
“Right before all of this I started singing Hero by Enrique Inglesias to Derrick while he got me a drink because he was in a bad mood and made him laugh… And that was the last time I spoke to him.” , the performer posted on Twitter.
Loving, 40, was visiting Denver’s Club Q when she was shot, a friend confirmed to the New York Times.
“I’m so devastated because she was such a good person,” said Natalee Skye Bingham, 25, who said she is close to Loving. “She wanted to be at my house next Thursday for Thanksgiving and now there’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 her since the shooting.
“My transgender sister visited the club and FaceTimed me minutes before it happened. If anyone has any information as to whether she is alive please message me,” she wrote.
Paugh was a patron at Club Q 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 girl, according to her sister, Stephanie Clark.
Her sister-in-law also confirmed the death in a Facebook post.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must say that my sister-in-law, Ashley Green Paugh, was tragically murdered late Saturday night in a senseless act of hatred,” Kimberly Paugh wrote. “I wish that he [the shooter] I could hear my niece crying for her mommy when her crying father told her that her mommy was gone for the rest of his life.”
Raymond Green was at the club with his girlfriend Kassy Fierro and her family for a birthday party on Saturday. Green’s death was confirmed to the Colorado Springs Gazette by his mother.
According to a Facebook post from the Atrevida Beer Company, owned by his girlfriend’s family, Green was shot dead as the gunman entered the club.
“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,” the post reads.
Kassy Fierro also wrote about Green’s death on Instagram, saying that she “can never heal from it.”
“You gave me the best 5 years and four months,” she wrote. “My sweet love, I will never forget you.”
The beer company post also mentioned that Rich Fierro, one of the brewery’s owners, “injured his hands, knees and ankles while arresting the shooter.”
According to the brewery’s website, Fierro is an Army veteran.
He declined to comment when reached by The Times.