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Whether it was bingo night on Wednesdays, karaoke night on Thursdays, or drag shows on the weekends, Ed Sanders looked forward to seeing Derrick Rump and Daniel Aston as they tended the bar at Club Q.
Mr. Sanders, a long-time regular, had gotten to know Mr. Rump and Mr. Aston, and they knew it: that his drink of choice was rum and coke, and that they should make them weaker to him as the night progressed. Occasionally, when Mr. Sanders couldn’t find an available Uber, Mr. Rump would drive him home.
The waiters took care of him. They took care of everyone.
And now Mr. Rump and Mr. Aston were gone, two of the five people killed when a gunman opened fire Saturday night at the club that was a hangout for the L.G.B.T.Q community. community in Colorado Springs.
“It’s a family,” Sanders said Monday as he sat in a hospital, recovering from gunshot wounds to his back and leg. “Everyone knows each other. Friendly and safe space. It was definitely my space.”
The rampage desecrated a club that had become a haven, providing comfort and community for people who craved those things, but also welcoming just about anyone looking for a lively night out.
The Colorado Springs Police Department confirmed the names of the five victims Monday afternoon: Mr. Aston and Mr. Rump, as well as Kelly Loving, Raymond Green Vance and Ashley Paugh, all patrons of the club.
Loving Visited Club Q
Loving, 40, visited Club Q on Saturday night during a weekend trip from Denver, where she had moved about a month ago.
“She was loving, always trying to help the next person, instead of thinking about herself,” her sister, Tiffany Loving, said. “She was just a caring person. I was very close to her.”
Natalee Skye Bingham, 25, said she met Ms. Loving about seven years ago when they worked together at a club in Florida. Mrs Bingham said that Mrs Loving had been like a mother to her, encouraging her at an uncertain time.
“When I started transitioning, I had no confidence at all,” Ms. Bingham recalled. “She reminded me that you are not doing something wrong by being trans, that it was okay for her to accept it because you are a beautiful person.”
“Without her trusting me,” Mrs. Bingham continued, “I don’t know where she would be today.”
Ms Bingham said that Ms Loving, like many trans people, had been beaten before, even stabbed and shot, but that she was a “fighter”.
Mrs. Loving had been depressed lately, but she was starting to feel better when she made her first and only visit to the Q Club. A few minutes before the shooting, she had been showing off her outfit: black skirt, black top, freshly dyed red hair, through a FaceTime call.
“It was nice to see her so sure of herself,” said Ms Bingham. “It was so reassuring to know that she felt beautiful that night.”
Shadavia Green, 38, had also been to the Q Club for the first time on a visit to Colorado Springs. It was a few years ago, and immediately she could feel that the space was special.
“You didn’t feel like you were going to a bar,” she said Monday. “It looked like you were going to see family.”
A few months later, Mrs. Green moved to town from Georgia and became a bartender at the club. From 2018 to 2021, she worked behind the bar with Mr. Rump, who had started before she arrived, and then with Mr. Aston, who was hired about two years ago.
Mrs Green said that Mr Rump had a biting sense of humour, but was also “very empathetic”.
On busy nights at the club, which could draw up to 200 patrons, Mr. Rump took it upon himself to make them feel comfortable, reaching out to anyone who seemed particularly quiet.
“I really loved the Q Club,” Green said. “He was the bar.”
Jerecho Loveall, 30, a former dancer at the bar who had spent almost every Saturday night there before he was shot in the leg on Saturday, remembers Rump as “a neat guy” who hugged everyone. Mr. Loveall is a straight man in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and a girlfriend of his.
“And when he found out about all of that, there was no trial,” he recalled of Rump.
Mr. Aston was the “warmest, most loving person”, Ms. Green recalled, adding: “He had friends who would come in cars just to see him and serve him at the bar or just to hang out and support.”
“Daniel had that smile that you would see from across the club,” Ms. Green said, “and you would literally say, ‘Let me find a reason to walk over there,’ just to get closer to Daniel.”
Mr. Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man, moved to Colorado Springs two years ago. The Q Club gave him his first job as a bartender. He loved the job and often performed on the spot, his mother told The Associated Press.