(WB) Two of the five victims fatally shot in the Saturday mass shooting at the Club Q nightclub were bartenders Derrick Rump, also a co-owner of the bar, and Daniel Aston. 

Tributes poured to both men on social media. Local Colorado Springs digital creator and photographer Amber Duffy, who along with her husband Dustin were regulars at the club, posted on Facebook about both victims.

“He was our baby and he was our youngest,” his mother, Sabrina Aston, told KRDO, a Colorado Springs television station, when speaking about her son. Posts on social media showed an outpouring of grief for the 28-year-old transgender male bartender.

Reuben Warren, a behavior therapist wrote about Rump, who was killed alongside Aston and three others.

In another post, “My heart hurts for them,” a local drag performer wrote offering a tribute to Aston, a trans man who recently moved to Colorado Springs from his native Oklahoma. 

Sabrina Aston described her son as able to make friends quickly after moving because of “his magnetic personality.” According to Aston’s social media, the 28-year-old had his top surgery in 2021.

A trans woman who is also a drag performer posted on Facebook: 

“I cannot believe this is happening in a place we call a safe space we had that taken from us tonight. My heart is shattered,” Carzsa Maestas wrote. 

“Club Q is where I started my drag career. It’s my home bar. This is absolutely beyond devastating and I pray to God that everyone there tonight is OK.” 

During the 2022 American Music Awards live ceremony from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, host Wayne Brady spoke about the Colorado Springs Club Q shooting at the top of the second hour of the show, noting that on behalf of the show, “our hearts go out to all of the victims’ families.” Speaking personally, Brady said, “I love you all and my heart is with you and God bless you.” 

He then added, “We have to stop this senseless and terrible gun violence.”


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