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Colorado shooting suspect’s father, a former MMA fighter and porn star, ‘praised’ son for ‘violent behavior’

Anderson Lee Aldrich, the father of the suspect in the Colorado Springs mass shooting, said his son died just six months ago, he told the media in a baffling interview.

Aaron Brink, the 48-year-old father of the Club Q shooter, told the media in a somewhat incoherent interview that he “praised” his son for his “violent behavior” as a child and believed he committed suicide in 2016.

“I thought he was dead. I mourned his loss. I had a breakdown and I thought I lost my son,” Brink told local CBS 8.

Colorado Springs claimed the shooter would appear in court virtually

Detectives work outside Club Q on November 22, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On Saturday, November 19, a gunman opened fire at an LGBTQ+ nightclub, killing 5 and wounding 25, before being subdued by patrons.
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Brink is a former mixed martial arts fighter and adult movie star. He has suffered from a severe addiction to crystal meth in the past. He believed his son had been dead for six years until he received an angry phone call from him six months earlier.

Aldrich’s father also shed light on his son’s upbringing.

“I complimented him on his aggressive behavior really early on. I told him it works. It’s immediate, and you get immediate results,” Brink said.

Public defenders say Colorado club shooting suspect is ‘non-binary’

Brink told the newspaper that his family is “Mormon” and a “conservative Republican”. He said his first fear after learning the news was that his son was gay.

“You know, Mormons don’t practice gays. We don’t practice gays. There are no gays in the Mormon church. We don’t practice gays,” Brink said.

Colorado Q club shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich was seen in court on Wednesday for the first time.

Colorado Q club shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich was seen in court on Wednesday for the first time.
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Public defense attorneys representing Aldrich, who is accused of killing five people and wounding 17 others in the gay nightclub shooting, described the 22-year-old in court documents as “non-binary.”

Brink expressed remorse for what he accused his son of doing, “There’s no excuse for going and killing people. If you’re killing people, something’s wrong. That’s not the answer.”

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“I am sorry for your loss,” Brink said of the victims’ families. “Life is very fragile and it’s valuable. These people’s lives were valuable. You know, it’s valuable. They’re good people, probably. It’s not something you would kill someone for. I’m sorry I let my son down.”

A woman and her daughter pay respects at a temporary memorial near Club Q on November 20, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A woman and her daughter pay respects at a temporary memorial near Club Q on November 20, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
(Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

“I love my son no matter what. I love my son,” he added.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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