Regardless of the Club Q mass shooter murdering 5 folks and injuring 18 folks, his father is simply relieved to know his son is just not homosexual.
When 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich opened hearth inside Club Q throughout a drag present Saturday night time, the world was painfully reminded of the 2016 Pulse nightclub capturing in Florida. Aldrich’s rampage was stopped by good samaritans inside the membership, who beat and subdued him till legislation enforcement arrived, although the harm was already performed. As survivors grapple to make sense of all of it and family members are pressured to face the unthinkable, Aaron Brink, Aldrich’s father, is respiratory a sigh of reduction figuring out his son is just not a member of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood that he focused.
“They started telling me about the incident, a shooting involving multiple people. And then I go on to find out it’s a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I got scared, ‘S**t, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phewww,’” Brink said in an interview with CBS 8.
In accordance to Brink, who was as soon as a porn star performing beneath the title “Dick Delaware,” his household is Mormon, and his faith “we don’t do gay.” Aldrich was confirmed to be a member of the Mormon Church however had not been energetic in a while. Brink additionally revealed that he as soon as inspired violent habits in his son, telling him that it may get him “immediate results.”
Whereas Brink insinuated that his son was not fond of homosexual folks, a lawyer for Aldrich claimed that he identifies as non-binary, preferring the use of they/them pronouns.
Sadly, the capturing may have been prevented had his earlier threats been taken severely. In 2021, Aldrich was arrested for threatening to blow up a home, however expenses had been later dropped. That incident ought to have triggered Colorado’s crimson flag legal guidelines, which might have seized his weapons. Nevertheless, no motion was taken, and the AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon used within the Club Q capturing was bought legally.
Aldrich is being held with out bond for 5 counts of homicide and 5 expenses of committing a bias-motivated crime inflicting bodily damage.