Just before midnight on Saturday, a gunman walked into Club Qkilling five people and injuring 25 others in Colorado Springs.
The gay nightclub mass shooting is at least the 11th in Colorado since 1993. The shooting took place minutes before the start of Transgender Day of Remembrance and as homophobic rhetoric by extremists, politicians and experts has intensified.
Authorities have identified the five victims of Monday’s shooting.
Daniel Davis Aston
Daniel Davis Aston was 28 when he died in the Q Club shooting. His parents said he “touched many lives in such a short time”. Aston was a transgender man and a bartender at the club. Learn more about Aston’s history here.
âVery sunny, warm and generous. That’s how Derrick Rump’s friends described the Club Q bartender who died in Saturday’s shooting. Rump was once rooted in Pennsylvania as a 2002 graduate of Kutztown-area high school. Eventually, he made his way to Colorado, where he most recently worked as a bartender at Club Q. Learn more about Rump’s story here.
Kelly Loving was not a club person, to say the least, her close friend Natalee Skye Bingham has said. But she had just turned 40 and decided to leave her home north of Denver for Club Q in Colorado Springs. “She was like a trans mom to me,” Bingham said. Read more of Loving’s story here.
Ashley Paugh was a proud mother who loved her family and was committed to her work with a nonprofit that helps find homes for adopted children, her husband said. She was 35 when she died in the Club Q shooting on Saturday. Learn more about Paugh’s story here.
Raymond Green Vance
The Colorado Springs Police Department has confirmed that Raymond Green Vance was among five victims killed Saturday night at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Kassy Fierro, Green’s girlfriend, wrote several Facebook posts Monday in his memory, noting that the two had been together for five years and four months. “my sweet baby. I can never get over this. Learn more about Vance’s story here.
how to help
The Colorado Healing Fund has activated a fund to support the victims of the Club Q tragedy. The donation link is coloradogives.org/organization/COHealingFund.
GoFundMe has verified the following two fundraisers: