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Gay club massacre suspect’s father has extensive criminal history, says probe

BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor

2nd of a series

MDNN International – The suspect’s father has extensive criminal history, according to an exclusive report obtained by this paper.  

According to the report the suspect’s father was a pornography performer and a mixed martial artist with an extensive criminal history. He was convicted of a battery crime filed by the alleged shooter’s mother, Laura Voepel. The reported battery charges against his father happened even before and after the alleged shooter was born, based on state and federal records. 

In 2002, his father, known as a certain Aaron F. Brink, was charged with a misdemeanor battery in California which resulted into a protective, initially barring the father from contacting his son or even his wife Laura. The only option Aaron can make contact with both his wife and son was only through a lawyer. It was later modified to allow monitored visitation of the father to his son.  

CRIME SCENE. Flowers from club mass shooting victims’ immediate families and relatives flood the crime scene. Five people are killed and 25 wounded during the deadly mass shooting Friday at Club Q, an LGBTQ operated bar in Colorado Springs. – Photo credit to owner.

CHANGE OF NAME

The Mindanao Daily research team also learned that the shooting suspect’s first real name was Nicholas Franklin Brink which he used until 2016. Several weeks before he turned 16, the shooting suspect petitioned a Texas court purposely for changing his name into Anderson Lee Aldrich. The change of name documents were submitted by his legal guardians who were his grandparents at the time of the petition.

“Minor wishes to protect himself and his future from any connections to birth father and his criminal history. Father has had no contact with {his} minor {son} for several years,” according to the petition, which was filed in Bexar County, Texas.

HATE CRIME CHARGES

The shooting suspect may face hate crime charges in court following his reported shooting liability at Club Q reportedly a bar frequented by the LGBTQ community.

The incident in Colorado Springs, Colorado resulted in the deaths of five individuals and the injury of 25. Those who were killed were two bartenders of Club Q and three bar hoppers, the police report said. 

The report added that since the suspect has no private attorney, he will be granted public defenders. He is scheduled to appear at the first hearing of the case on Wednesday by video from the jail where he is at the moment.

The police are still investigating the motive of the suspect in going into the bar, and without provocation, started shooting at the bartenders and the people inside the premises of Club Q. ###

READ FIRST PART OF THIS SERIES HERE

Joel Escolhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK_sKdGFs0ewIh9R-iAskDg
Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.
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