The management for Club Q, the site of a deadly mass shooting in Colorado Springs last November, has announced plans to reopen by Fall of 2023 with enhanced security and a permanent tribute to the five victims who lost their lives in the massacre.
🇺🇸 LGBTQ+ nightclub Club Q in Colorado Springs says it will reopen by the autumn following the mass shooting in November which killed five people and injured dozens of others.
⭕️ The club will reopen with a "permanent standing tribute" to the victims, it announced on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/vMNykYvOPK
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Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump, and Raymond Green Vance were killed in the November 19 shooting. At least 19 others were injured, according to police reports.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is facing more than 300 counts, including charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and hate crimes.
“Our goal and intention has always been to return Club Q as a safe space for the Colorado Springs LGBTQIA+ community and (we) will continue to tirelessly work toward that effort,” reads a statement shared via the venue’s Instagram account.
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Among those killed were two club employees, a mother who worked at a nonprofit for foster children and a first-time visitor celebrating a birthday with loved ones.
Their memories “will be carried forward and honored forever, while we work to make Club Q a forever home for our LGBTQIA+ community,” the nightclub’s statement reads.
To do that, the club is collaborating with the city as well as the local, woman-owned architecture firm HB&A to rebuild the venue, the statement reads. Within the next four to six weeks, the club hopes to share design concepts for the building’s transformation, which will require its interior to be gutted, according to the statement.
For years the only LGBTQ club in the city, Club Q has provided a critical community space for LGBTQ residents of Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas.
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Almost three months after Colorado Springs nightclub Club Q was the site of a deadly mass shooting, the venue has announced plans to reopen this year and restore its status as a beloved gathering place for LGBTQ residents https://t.co/JTnTb5r42v
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