Just before midnight on Saturday, a gunman entered Club Q, killing five people and wounding 25 others in Colorado Springs.
The mass shooting at the gay nightclub is at least the 11th in Colorado since 1993. The shooting occurred minutes before Transgender Day of Remembrance began and as homophobic rhetoric by extremists, politicians and pundits has intensified.
Officials have not yet identified the victims of the shooting, but The Denver Post has identified the following victims by talking to the families and friends of those killed in the Club Q shooting.
Daniel Davis Aston
Daniel Davis Aston was 28 years old when he died in the Club Q shooting. His parents said he “touched a lot of lives in such a short period of time.” Aston was a transgender man and a bartender at the club. Read more about Aston’s story here.
“Very sunshiny, warm and generous.” That’s how friends of Derrick Rump described the Club Q bartender who died in Saturday’s shooting. Rump was once rooted in Pennsylvania as a 2002 graduate of Kutztown Area Senior High School. Eventually making his way to Colorado, where he most recently worked as a bartender at Club Q. Read more of Rump’s story here.
How to help
The Colorado Healing Fund activated a fund to support victims of the Club Q tragedy. The donation link is coloradogives.org/organization/COHealingFund.
GoFundMe has verified the following two fundraisers:
Support for the Club Q Families and Survivors, organized by Faith Haug with LGBTQ-owned auto repair shop Good Judy Garage
Victims of Club Q Colorado Springs Mass Shooting, organized by Greg Resha (Kyree Myst), a former Club Q employee
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