Video has emerged of the alleged Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich threatening fellow passengers after reportedly using the N-word following a flight in July.
The suspect’s mother, Laura Voepel, features in the video too and is also accused of using racist language.
The video, first reported by KDVR, was recorded by a woman named Maria Martinez after the Frontier Airlines plane landed at Denver International Airport in July. Martinez’s voice can be heard when the video begins as she follows Aldrich and Voepel.
Aldrich, 22, is accused of murdering five people and injuring others at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday. Aldrich’s lawyers say the suspect now identifies as non-binary, using they/them pronouns.
In the video, Martinez asks Voepel: ‘What makes me a b****r?’, repeating a slur used against Mexicans that Voepel had reportedly used to abuse her. Voepel snaps: ‘Shut up!’
At one point in the clip, the hulking mass murderer turns to Martinez and says: ‘You keep following me and I’m going f*** you up.’
In an interview with KDVR, Martinez and her daughter, Kayla, said that in the aftermath of the Club Q massacre they immediately recognized Aldrich as one of the people they interacted with that day in the airport.
Martinez’s friend, Tanya De La O, who was traveling with the Martinez family said that as soon as their flight landed, Voepel began with a racially motivated tirade.
She said: ‘I was having a hard time getting my luggage down [from the overhead bin], and all of a sudden, I just hear this woman say, “Hurry the f*** up. You b*****.”‘
When a black man intervened, De La O claims Aldrich said: ‘Shut the f*** up, you f*****g n****r.’
At one point in the clip, the hulking mass murderer turns to Martinez and says: ‘You keep following me and I’m going f*** you up’
The video begins with a woman named Maria Martinez accusing Anderson Aldrich’s mother of calling her a ‘b****r’
In the clip, when Martinez says: ‘What makes me a b****r?’, Voepel snaps: ‘Shut up!’
The family said that when they attempted to make a complaint with Frontier staff, they were rebuffed and told to go to the airline’s customer service line. When they did that, they were told to submit a formal complaint in writing
Maria Martinez described the gunman’s behavior as ‘very hateful’ and ‘evil.’ She said her friend told her: ‘We won’t be surprised, like, if he’s a mass shooter. And it was scary to think like that’
Anderson Lee Aldrich’s mugshot after they were arrested for the massacre at Club Q
Aldrich, 22, was ordered to be held in jail without bail a hearing on Wednesday
Martinez described the shooter’s behavior as ‘very hateful’ and ‘evil.’ She said her friend told her: ‘We won’t be surprised, like, if he’s a mass shooter. And it was scary to think like that.’
Kayla Martinez told the station: ‘Like just being in the presence of him, I could just feel like the hate. He just seems like he has hate deep down in his heart.’
The family said that when they attempted to make a complaint with Frontier staff, they were rebuffed and told to go to the airline’s customer service line. When they did that, they were told to submit a formal complaint in writing.
Aldrich’s former friend, Xavier Kraus, 23, told the Daily Beast that Aldrich would regularly attend a gun range where ‘rapid fire’ was allowed. The suspect went to the shooting range with their mother, Laura Voepel, the neighbor said.
Kraus also said that in times of anger, Aldrich would use gay slurs and regularly used the word ‘f****t’.
In a separate interview with CBS News, Kraus said Aldrich admitted to using heroin and said that they were addicted to opium.
During that interview, Kraus discussed the suspect’s use of gay slurs saying: ‘It didn’t come across as true hate like, “I’m gonna go kill these people.'”
Aaron Brink, the father of Club Q killer Anderson Lee Aldrich, said he is a ‘Mormon’ and a ‘conservative republican’, clarifying: ‘We don’t do gay’
Meanwhile, Aldrich’s father, porn star Aaron Brink, said he is a ‘Mormon’ and a ‘conservative republican’, clarifying: ‘We don’t do gay.’
The adult actor from Southern California, who performed under the name Dick Delaware, has spoken previously about his addiction to meth and has been in and out of prison.
The 48-year-old, who currently works as a mixed martial arts coach and previously competed in the UFC and World Extreme Cage fighting, taught his son how to fight from an early age.
The drug addict told CBS 8: ‘I praised him for violent behavior really early. I told him it works. It is instant and you’ll get immediate results.’
Brink, who left Aldrich’s mother Laura Voepel shortly after she gave birth, has an extensive criminal history and has also appeared on the reality shows Divorce Court and Intervention, when his fiancée tried to get him to stop using crystal meth.
In 2002, he was convicted for misdemeanor battery and was barred from contacting his ex-wife and son, and he was also sentenced to two and a half years for trafficking marijuana and then violated his supervised release conditions by testing positive for illegal steroids.
He said he learned of the mass shooting after a defense attorney told him his son had been arrested.
He said: ‘They started telling me about the incident, a shooting involving multiple people.
‘And then I go on to find out it’s a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I got scared, ‘Sh*t, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phhhewww’.’
Aldrich’s father went on to say that being gay did not align with their religious values.
‘You know Mormons don’t do gay. We don’t do gay. There’s no gays in the Mormon church. We don’t do gay.’
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