Father Of Club Q Shooter Relieved To Hear His Son Isn’t Gay

Father Of Club Q Shooter Relieved To Hear His Son Isn’t Gay
Aaron Brink (screen capture)

Aaron Brink, father of the Club Q shooter, believed his son – Anderson Lee Aldrich – was dead for six years. And then, six months ago he received a call from Aldrich.

Brink told CBS 8 his son was born in San Diego in 2000, but he and the mother separated about a year later and got divorced. She and Aldrich moved to Colorado in 2012.

From CBS 8 in San Diego:

Brink said his ex-wife called him from Colorado in 2016 to tell him their son, Nicholas Brink, had changed his name to Anderson Aldrich, and had killed himself.

When Brink asked his ex-wife why their son had changed his name, she blamed it on the father’s involvement in a reality TV show called Intervention, as well as his acting career in the adult film industry.

For six years Brink believed his son was dead, until Aldrich unexpectedly called his father six months ago, and started arguing with him over the phone.


Brink, who works as a mixed martial arts coach, says he taught his son how to fight: “I praised him for violent behavior really early. I told him it works. It is instant and you’ll get immediate results.”

But upon learning of his son’s deadly rampage at Club Q, Brink apologized to the families of the victims.

“I’m sorry for your loss,” he said. “Life is so fragile and it’s valuable. Those people’s lives were valuable. You know, they’re valuable. They’re good people probably. It’s not something you kill somebody over. I’m sorry I let my son down.”

At the end of the report, the reporter who interviewed Aldrich’s father shares that the dad’s first response when he was told about the shooting incident was some blunt, anti-gay sentiments.

The reporter chose to not include video of the father’s response. The station posted an extended version of their interview with Brink online showing his initial reaction: “I’m just glad he’s not gay.”

“They started telling me about the incident, a shooting… And then I go on to find out it’s a gay bar. I got scared, ‘Shit, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, phew… I am a conservative Republican.”

He went on to praise Aldrich’s grandfather, California Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R), who has been vocal in his support of the January 6 insurrection. Brink also shares in this clip that he doesn’t think “it’s cool” to be gay.