COLORADO SPRINGS — On Saturday, November 19, 2022, 5 people were killed in a mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs.
Daniel Davis Aston
The 28-year-old was working as a bartender late Saturday night when a gunman opened fire inside the club. Aston moved to Colorado Springs a few years ago and began working at Club Q. We are told he was the baby of the club but he lit up the room when he walked in.
"I can't remember when he started at Club Q, but that was the first job he had and he loved it," said Sabrina Aston, Daniel's mother.
Daniel met thelove of his life at Club Q, Wyatt Kent, a drag performer and fellow patron of the club. Their love was a love story to echo through the ages, a journey that was sadly cut short. Kent said in a news interview with our Denver news partners, “i'm going to marry that man. It was, my gosh, you know, attraction immediately. But once we started talking, it was just this incredible friendship that blossomed even further," Kent gushed.
Loved ones confirmed Derrick Rump as one of the victims in the shooting. He was 38 years old and worked as a bartender at Club Q. His friends tell us Derrick was "A really good person, genuine, kind, and welcome.”
They continued to tell us Rump was the face of Club Q and had been working there for many years. Rump always took care of and protected everyone in it.
Rump has been remembered by friends as "Genuine, kind, and welcoming," but Allie Porter, Rump's coworker and friend also recalled Rump showing tough love.
"I've watched Derrick fly across the bar to a person twice his size and put them in his place. Derrick was a hero," added Porter. "Derrick was a fighter, and he was, he was fierce. He took care of us. He protected us."
Paugh’s sister told NBC News the 35-year-old was a loving mother and wife, devoted to her 11-year-old daughter, Ryleigh who is a championship swimmer. According to the sister, Ashley traveled from La Junta to Colorado Springs to spend the day shopping with a friend, they stopped at Club Q to see a performance by a comedian.
In a statement from Ashley's family made by Kurt Paugh, Ashley's husband, they detailed her life, love of family, and dedication to being of service to others.
Kurt Paugh met Ashley when they were in high school and since then have been high school sweethearts.
Ashley was a woman of service in the community of La Junta. Her dedication to others was exemplified through her work at the nonprofit Kids Crossing which helps kids find loving foster homes all over Southern Colorado.
Ashley was an ally of the LGBTQ community as she was instrumental in helping LGBTQ couples find foster children to bring into their families.
During the holiday season, Ashley was one of the organizers that would provide foster children and their foster families with Christmas trees to make their holidays better.
In addition to Ashley's instrumental service within the La Junta community and the larger Southern Colorado community, Ashley was an avid hiker, and fisher, and overall loved being in the Colorado outdoors.
Ashley's family will hold a small funeral in La Junta, only open to family, friends and community members.
Kelly Loving was confirmed as one of the victims in the Club Q shooting in a press conference that the Colorado Springs Police Department held on Monday afternoon.
In a statement from Kelly Loving's sister, she stated, “My condolences go out to all the families who lost someone in this tragic event, and to everyone struggling to be accepted in this world. My sister was a good person. She was loving and caring and sweet. Everyone loved her. Kelly was a wonderful person."
Kelly's family is planning a memorial service in Batesville, Mississippi. It will be open to the public and her family request that guests share positive and uplifting thoughts.
Raymond Green Vance
Raymond Green Vance was among one of the five killed by a gunman at the Club Q shooting over the weekend in Colorado Springs.
In a statement from the family of Raymond Green Vance, they detailed his life and his love for those around him.
Raymond, who was 22-years-old, was an ally of the LGBTQ community. He was a kind and selfless young adult. Raymond was described as gifted, one-of-a-kind, and willing to go out of his way for anyone by his closest friend.
A 2018 graduate of Sand Creek High School, Raymond had just started a new job at a Colorado Springs, FedEx distribution center.
Raymond spent most of his spare time with his girlfriend, who he had been with since middle school. According to his girlfriend's social media posts, her father was one of the men who apprehended the gunman.
Along with spending time with his girlfriend, Raymond loved playing video games. He hoped that this hobby would one day turn into an online career.
Raymond's family is planning public and private memorial and funeral services this week.
Two viewings are open to the public at Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Ave.
The first will be on Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second will be held on Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services for Raymond will be private but his family is inviting the public to join them for a dove release followed by a candlelight vigil from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the outdoor garden center at Swan Law Funeral Directors.
We will continue to update you on the lives of the victims of the Club Q shooting as we gather more information from family, friends, and people that have stories of each of the victims.
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