Victims are remembered as ‘loving’ and ‘happy.’
The authorities identified the five people who were killed in the shooting as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.
Ms. Loving, 40, visited Club Q on Saturday night during a weekend trip from Denver. She was killed only a few minutes after speaking to a friend on FaceTime.
“I’m so devastated, because she was such a good person,” said Natalee Skye Bingham, 25, who described herself as a close friend of Ms. Loving.
Ms. Loving’s sister, Tiffany Loving, described her as “loving, always trying to help the next person out, instead of thinking of herself.”
Daniel Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man, moved to Colorado Springs two years ago and landed his first job as a bartender at Club Q. He loved the work, and would often perform at the venue, his mother, Sabrina Aston, told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Mr. Aston was “always happy and silly” and “lit up a room,” she said.
The family of Raymond Green Vance, 22, was “still trying to come to terms with the fact he is gone,” relatives said in a statement. “His absence will leave irreparable heartbreak in countless lives.”
A suspect faces murder and hate-crime charges.
The authorities said they were holding Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, on suspicion of murder and bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury, Colorado’s equivalent of a hate crime, for each of the five people killed in the shooting.
Source: NY Times