Grandfather of man accused of Colorado gay bar shooting praised Capitol rioters
The grandfather of a man held over a mass shooting at a Colorado gay bar is a Republican lawmaker who praised the US Capitol rioters.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is accused of killing five people and wounding 25 more at Club Q at the weekend. It is being treated as a hate crime.
It has emerged his grandfather Randy Voepel was a keen supporter of Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again rallying cry. He likened the actions of January 6 rioters to those of American Revolutionaries.
‘This is Lexington and Concord. First shots fired against tyranny,’ the former California state assembly member wrote after the riot last year.
An ex-mayor of Santee, Mr Voepel once quit the Republicans for the tea party movement as he deemed them ‘too liberal’, The Guardian reported. He had represented San Diego’s River County but lost his seat in August.
Police last night revealed bartenders Derrick Rump and Daniel Aston were among those killed.
Club co-owner Mr Rump was ‘all about keeping people happy’, said friend Tiara Latrice Kelley.
The family of trans man Mr Aston, 28, said: ‘He never knew a stranger from the time he was little. He loved all people.’
Trans woman Kelly Loving, 40, was also killed. Pal Natalee Bingham said: ‘In the gay community, you create your families. It’s like I lost my real mother.’
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