Regardless of the Membership Q mass shooter murdering 5 individuals and injuring 18 individuals, his father is simply relieved to know his son will not be homosexual.
When 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich opened fireplace 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 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 respiration a sigh of aid realizing his son will not be a member of the LGBTQ+ group that he focused.
“They began telling me in regards to the incident, a taking pictures involving a number of individuals. After which I am going on to search out out it’s a homosexual bar. I mentioned, ‘God, is he homosexual?’ I acquired scared, ‘S**t, is he homosexual?’ And he’s not homosexual, so I mentioned, ‘Phewww,’” Brink said in an interview with CBS 8.
In keeping with Brink, who was as soon as a porn star performing underneath the title “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 lively in a while. Brink additionally revealed that he as soon as inspired violent conduct in his son, telling him that it might get him “quick outcomes.”
Whereas Brink insinuated that his son was not keen on homosexual individuals, a lawyer for Aldrich claimed that he identifies as non-binary, preferring using they/them pronouns.
Sadly, the taking pictures might have been prevented had his earlier threats been taken critically. In 2021, Aldrich was arrested for threatening to explode a home, however costs had been later dropped. That incident ought to have triggered Colorado’s purple 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 Membership Q taking pictures was bought legally.
Aldrich is being held with out bond for 5 counts of homicide and 5 costs of committing a bias-motivated crime inflicting bodily harm.