Regardless of the Membership 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 Membership Q throughout a drag present Saturday night time, the world was painfully reminded of the 2016 Pulse nightclub taking pictures 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 completed. As survivors grapple to make sense of all of it and family members are compelled to face the unthinkable, Aaron Brink, Aldrich’s father, is respiration a sigh of reduction realizing his son is just not a member of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood that he focused.
“They began telling me in regards to the incident, a taking pictures involving a number of folks. After which I’m going on to seek out out it’s a homosexual bar. I stated, ‘God, is he homosexual?’ I bought scared, ‘S**t, is he homosexual?’ And he’s not homosexual, so I stated, ‘Phewww,’” Brink said in an interview with CBS 8.
In accordance with Brink, who was as soon as a porn star performing beneath the identify “Dick Delaware,” his household is Mormon, and his faith “we don’t do homosexual.” 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 “speedy outcomes.”
Whereas Brink insinuated that his son was not keen on homosexual folks, a lawyer for Aldrich claimed that he identifies as non-binary, preferring the usage of they/them pronouns.
Sadly, the taking pictures may have been prevented had his earlier threats been taken critically. In 2021, Aldrich was arrested for threatening to explode a home, however fees have been later dropped. That incident ought to have triggered Colorado’s purple flag legal guidelines, which might have seized his weapons. Nonetheless, no motion was taken, and the AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon used within the Membership Q taking pictures was bought legally.
Aldrich is being held with out bond for 5 counts of homicide and 5 fees of committing a bias-motivated crime inflicting bodily damage.