Colorado LGBTQ+ club shooting perpetrator identifies as non-binary

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Colorado LGBTQ+ club shooting perpetrator identifies as non-binary

Since a gunman opened fire inside the LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, killing 5 people and injuring 25 others, people have gathered outside a makeshift memorial outside Club Q.

< p class="e-p">Details about the personality of the perpetrator of the shooting that killed five people last weekend at an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado began to emerge on Wednesday, including the fact that this person is #x27;identifies as non-binary, according to his lawyers.

Anderson Lee Aldrich appeared in court on Wednesday. The defendant remained seated, dressed in the orange jumpsuit of detainees in the United States, during a brief video appearance during the hearing in which no charges were brought .

Anderson Lee Aldrich also did not enter a plea or not-guilty proceeding. His two court-appointed attorneys claimed in court documents filed Tuesday that their client identifies as non-binary, that is, does not identify as either male or gender. feminine.

They added that Anderson Lee Aldrich used the genderless English pronouns they/them (iel in French).

The massacre, which only lasted a few minutes, ended thanks to the heroic intervention of two people who fought with the suspect, according to the police.

Other details have emerged, including his childhood marked by instability and drug-addicted parents. According to US media, his birth name was Nicholas Brink and he was just two years old when his parents separated.

When he took the name of Anderson Lee Aldrich as a teenager, his father, Aaron Franklin Brink, had been arrested several times in California for possession of drugs and traffic violations.

Aaron Brink, who describes himself as a former porn actor turned conservative Republican, told a local San Diego newspaper that his ex-wife, Laura Voepel, assured him several years ago that their child was dead.

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That's what he believed until a few months ago, when he got a call from Anderson Lee Aldrich which degenerated into an argument, the latter uttering threats against his father.

Mr. Brink had praised Anderson Lee Aldrich for his violent behavior as a child, he told CBS. I told him it worked. It's instant and you have immediate results, he said.

Aaron Brink also told the New York Times that& #x27;he had expressed strong disapproval of homosexuals when his child was younger.

There are no gays in the Mormon Church, Mr. Brink assured CBS, though he expressed sympathy for the victims of the Colorado Springs shootings.

Laura Voepel, the defendant's mother, has also had trouble with the California police, including for drunkenness on public roads and possession of illicit substances, according to the New York Times< /em>.

In 2012, she was given a suspended sentence for setting fire to a mattress in the psychiatric hospital where she had been admitted, according to court documents cited by the Times.

Anderson Lee Aldrich could face charges including murder and hate crimes, and faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole .

The hearing came four days after the massacre that left five people dead and 18 injured at Club Q in Colorado Springs, a town in the Rocky Mountains of ;population approximately 500,000.

A tentative date for a reappearance of Anderson Lee Aldrich has been set for December 6.

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