Relatives remember 5 people killed at gay club in Colorado

A loving boyfriend. A 28-year-old bartender who loves to perform. A visiting mother from a small town enjoys the hunt. They are among the victims of a shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs that left five dead and 17 others wounded.

Club regulars and newcomers — gay and straight, transgender and cisgender — flocked to Club Q on weekends to dance, enjoy a comedy show or work behind the bar.

What started as an ordinary Saturday night of dancing and drinking at a popular LGBTQ establishment in the conservative-leaning town south of Denver turned tragic when a gunman walked in and started spraying bullets before being subdued and subdued.

The 22-year-old suspect is charged with five counts of murder and five counts of aggravated assault and grievous bodily harm. Here are the five who died:

Daniel Aston

Daniel Aston was a 28-year-old bartender and entertainer at Club Q who “lighted up the room, always smiling, always cheerful and goofy,” his mother said. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Reuters)

Daniel Aston, 28, grew up in Tulsa, Okla., and moved two years ago to be closer to family in Colorado Springs. Her mother, Sabrina Aston, told The Associated Press that she worked as a bartender and entertainer at Club Q and saw the venue as a sanctuary where she could be herself as transgender and perform in front of adoring audiences.

A self-proclaimed “Master of Silly Business,” Aston had a penchant for making others laugh, beginning as a child when he wrote plays and dressed up in fancy costumes for the neighborhood kids. In college, where he was president of his school’s LGBTQ club, he raised money with increasingly flashy products.

“[Daniel’s shows] it’s great. “Everyone should go see him,” said his mother. – He lit up a room, always smiling, always cheerful and silly.

Derrick Rump

Rump, 38, a bartender at Club Q, was remembered by his mother as a “kind and loving person with a heart of gold”. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Reuters)

Derrick Rump, 38, a bartender at Club Q, was remembered as a quick-witted, loving man who treated his friends as family.

“He was living his dream and he would have wanted everyone to do it,” his mother, Julia Thames, confirmed his death to ABC News.

She said in a statement that Rump was a “kind, loving person with a heart of gold.”

“He was always there for my daughter and me when we needed him; his friends from Colorado said he was family,” she said.

Anthony Jaramillo, a friend of Rump’s, told CBS News that Rump was “loving, supportive, heavy-handed and just a really good listener and not afraid to tell you when you’re wrong instead of telling you what you’re doing. I wanted to hear that and that was really valuable.” “

Kelly Loving

Kelly Loving, 40, was ‘loving, caring and sweet. “Everyone loved him,” said his sister. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Reuters)

Kelly Loving, 40, was talking to a friend on FaceTime from inside Club Q moments before the shooting began. Natalie Skye Bingham told the New York Times that her last words to Loving were: “Thank you. I love you.”

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

Bingham, 25, said Loving recently moved to Denver and visited the club during a weekend trip to Colorado Springs.

“She was a tough 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, expressed her condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the shooting, as well as to those struggling to be accepted in the world.

“My sister was a good person. She was loving, caring and sweet. Everyone loved her. Kelly was a beautiful person,” he said in a statement.

Raymond Green Vance

Raymond Green, 22, was described by the Vance family as a kind, selfless man with a promising future. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Reuters)

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

“Sweet baby. I want to wake up from this horrible nightmare. I pray you hear me when I call you. I’m so sorry. I will never forgive myself for taking everyone there. I love you until the day I come home to your arms,” ​​Kassy posted on Facebook Monday, along with a photo of the couple. he wrote in his post.

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

“Raymond, along with his family and friends, were victims of a man who terrorized innocent people,” they said.

Ashley Paugh

Ashley Paugh, a 35-year-old mother and wife, was a volunteer at an organization that helped children in foster care. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Reuters)

Ashley Paugh, 35, was a loving mother and wife with a “big heart,” said her husband, Kurt Paugh. She volunteered for an organization that helps children in foster care and delivers Christmas trees to homes where they are placed to brighten the holiday season.

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

He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeling.

Paugh, a resident of La Junta, a town of 7,500 about two hours from Colorado Springs, was visiting for the day with a friend when they went to Club Ga for a Saturday night comedy show. Her husband said she had to arrange for the trees to be delivered to homes with children in Pueblo and Colorado Springs this week.