Colorado club shooting suspect ‘non-binary,’ public defenders say

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Public defenders representing Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect accused of killing five people and wounding 17 others in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs over the weekend, are describing the 22-year-old as “non-binary” in court documents. ”

In several standard motions filed on behalf of Aldrich on Tuesday, public defenders referred to the suspect as “MX Aldrich.” The motions dealt with matters such as releasing documents and gathering evidence, not Aldrich’s identity, and there were no details about it.

“Anderson Aldrich is non-binary,” reads a footnote in the document. “They use the pronouns they/them, and for all formal filing purposes, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.”

A motive for the shooting was still under investigation, but authorities said Aldrich faces possible murder and hate crime charges.

Colorado Springs accused the shooter of actually appearing in court

On Sunday, November 20, Club Q was seen hours after a gunman opened fire inside
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Hate crime charges must prove that the shooter was motivated by bias, such as against the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The charges against Aldrich are preliminary, and prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges. Aldrich is represented by Joseph Archambault, a chief trial deputy in the state public defender’s office.

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It was also revealed Tuesday that Aldrich’s name was changed as a teenager more than six years ago, after a legal petition was filed against Aldrich’s mother in Texas to “protect himself” from a father with a criminal history, including domestic violence.

Aldrich was known as Nicholas Franklin Brink until 2016. A few weeks before turning 16, Aldrich petitioned a Texas court for a name change, court records show. A petition for a name change was submitted on behalf of the Brinks by their grandparents, who were their legal guardians at the time.

A police officer walks outside Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Aldrich’s request for a name change came months after Aldrich was apparently targeted by online bullying. A website posting from June 2015 that attacked a teenager named Nick Brink suggests they may have been bullied in high school. The post included images of the shooting suspect and mocked Brink for their weight, lack of money and interest in Chinese cartoons.

People hold vigil at a makeshift memorial near Club Q nightclub on November 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

People hold vigil at a makeshift memorial near Club Q nightclub on November 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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The name change and bullying were first reported by The Washington Post.

Court documents regarding Aldrich’s arrest were sealed at the request of prosecutors. Aldrich was released from a hospital and booked into the El Paso County Jail after the shooting, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Colorado club shooting suspect ‘non-binary,’ public defenders say

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