The two below were killed at the Colorado Springs LGBTQ club on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance. Two more name to add to the list. This could have been you, me, a family member or a friend. Our voices count. What will it take for you to speak out and say, "ENOUGH!" .
A second bartender, Daniel Aston, was also killed, CBS News confirmed. Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man from Tulsa who moved to Colorado Springs two years ago, worked as an entertainer at the nightclub in addition to behind the bar, the Associated Press reported. His parents, Sabrina Aston and Jeff Aston, told the AP that their son "lit up a room" and was "always smiling, always happy and silly."
"We are in shock, we cried for a little bit, but then you go through this phase where you are just kind of numb, and I'm sure it will hit us again," Sabrina Aston said, according to the AP. "I keep thinking it's a mistake, they made a mistake, and that he is really alive."
Kelly Loving, a 40-year-old trans woman, has been identified as one of the five victims killed this weekend during the Saturday night shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Tiffany Loving, Kelly’s sister, told the New York Times that the FBI informed her of her sister’s death on Sunday. She said her sister was known for being kind and caring to the people around her.
“She was loving, always trying to help the next person out instead of thinking of herself. She just was a caring person,” she told the Times. “I was really close with her.”
Natalee Skye Bingham, a close friend of Loving’s, had known her since the two lived in Florida years prior. For Bingham, Loving was “like a trans mother” who taught her how to be tough and move through the world as a trans woman.
It is easy to say "just statistics" at a time of a tragedy. Let this sink in; the US has suffered 604 mass shootings this year.