Remembering the Colorado Springs Club Q shooting victims


Photos courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department

(NewsNation) — A gunman opened fire Sunday in a Colorado Springs LGBTQ club, killing at least five people and injuring dozens more.

Police identified those killed during the attack, which is being investigated as a bias-motived crime, as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.

Below are their identities and the way their loved ones remember them. Photos of the victims were not immediately available.

Derrick Rump

Derrick Rump (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Pennsylvania native Derrick Rump, 38, worked as a bartender at Club Q and “became a staple of the LGBTQ bar,” CBS Philadelphia reported, citing a personal friend of Rump’s. The friend described Rump as “loving, supportive, with a heavy hand in his drink pouring, and just a really good listener.”

Rump’s mother described her son to ABC News as a “kind loving person who had a heart of gold” who was always there for the people he loved when they needed him.  

Ashley Paugh

Ashley Paugh (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Ashley Paugh, 35, was “a loving mother and wife” who found joy in fishing and hunting, her sister Stephanie Clark told NBC News in an exclusive interview.

Paugh is survived by her 11-year-old daughter.

Although she wasn’t a member of the LGBTQ community, Paugh planned to see a stand-up comedy act with her friend at the club, according to NBC News.  

Kelly Loving

Kelly Loving (Colorado Springs Police Department)

The New York Times reported that Kelly Loving, 40, was at the club Saturday night during a weekend trip from Denver.

Those who knew Loving, described her to the New York Times as a loving and caring person “always trying to help the next person out, instead of thinking of herself.”

Loving was on Facetime with a friend when the shooting began, the newspaper reported. The friend’s final words to Loving were, “Be safe. I love you,” the paper reported.

Daniel Aston

Daniel Aston (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Daniel Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man was a self-proclaimed “Master of Silly Business,” the Associated Press reported.

Aston also was a performer, who his mother told the AP “lit up a room” and “was always smiling, always happy and silly.”

Raymond Green Vance

Raymond Green Vance (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Raymond Green Vance was described as “a kind, selfless young adult with his entire life ahead of him,” according to KUSA in Denver.

KUSA reports Vance was born in Chicago but grew up in Colorado Springs, and they say he had never visited Club Q.

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