Victims of shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs

Victims of shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs

(CNN) — As Colorado Springs residents and leaders embrace the 25 wounded and other survivors of the Colorado Springs Club Q shooting, the families of the five victims remember their lives and the emptiness they leave behind.

Saturday night’s attack could have been worse if the heroes hadn’t overpowered the attacker. But that courage didn’t come in time to save everyone. Colorado Springs police have not released the names of those killed, but CNN has identified two of them as bartender Derrick Rump and his supervisor Daniel Aston.

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Derrick Rump found a community he loved at Club Q, his sister said.

Aston’s parents also confirmed his identity to a Denver newspaper, while Rump’s sister, Julia Kissling, confirmed the identity to CNN and one of its affiliates.

‚ÄúThese two were polar opposites in many ways, but they worked so well together. They were just amazing, and every bar should have a Daniel and a Derrick,” Tiara Kelley, who appeared at the club the night before filming, told CNN. .

Rump had “found a community of people that he loved dearly, and he felt like he could shine there, and he did,” Kissling told CNN affiliate WFMZ. “He changed the lives of so many people and that’s exactly what he wanted,” he added.

Bartender Michael Anderson saw the shooter and ducked behind the bar where he and Aston were working when glass fell around them, he told CNN on Monday. Thinking he was dying, he said a prayer and as he moved to escape the scene, he saw two unknown people punching and kicking the attacker, he said.

Derrick Rump (left) and Daniel Aston worked at Club Q, according to their relatives.

Anderson was devastated to later learn that Aston hadn’t made it out of the bar, which the Colorado Springs LGBTQ community considered a safe place to be.

Aston, 28, was bar supervisor at Club Q, said Anderson, who had known Aston for a number of years and considered him a friend.

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Daniel Aston “had us to give all his friends and himself so much more life,” his mother told a newspaper. (Image credit: Jess Dawn/Facebook)

“He was the best manager anyone could have asked for. It made me want to work and it made me want to be a part of the positive culture we were trying to create there,” Anderson said.

He added that Aston is an “incredible person”. He was a light in my life and it’s surreal that we even talk about him in the past tense.”

Aston moved to Colorado Springs two years ago to be closer to her mother and father, parents Jeff and Sabrina told Aston The Denver Post. The club was minutes from their home, and after one of Daniel’s friends told them he had been shot, they rushed to the emergency room only to find he had never arrived.

Daniel Aston was 4 when he told his mother he was a boy and it was another decade before he came out as transgender, his mother told the newspaper. He thought he was shy, but he wasn’t, she said. He never met a stranger, not even as a child.

“He had us, all of his friends, and himself to give a lot more life,” he told the Post.

“He used to say, ‘I’m shy,’ but he wasn’t. He wrote poetry. He loved dressing up. He got into the acting workshop in high school. He’s an artist. He really loved that.”

CNN’s Don Lemon and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.

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