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

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The father of the Colorado Springs mass shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich thought his son was dead until just six months ago, he told the media in a confusing interview.

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

“I thought he was dead. I was grieving his loss. I had been going through a meltdown and thought I had lost my son,” Brink told local business CBS 8.

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Club Q

Investigators work outside Club Q on November 22, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On Saturday November 19, a gunman opened fire in the LGBTQ+ nightclub, killing 5 and injuring 25 others before being subdued by patrons.

Brink is a former MMA fighter and adult movie star. He has struggled with a serious addiction to crystal meth In the past. He thought his son was dead for six years until he received an angry phone call from him six months ago.

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

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“I praised him for violent behavior really early on. I told him it works. It’s immediate and you’ll get results right away,” Brink said.

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Brink told the outlet that his family is “Mormons” and “conservative Republicans.” He said the first fear he had after finding out the news was that his son is gay.

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

Public defenders representing Aldrich, who is accused of killing five people and wounding 17 more in the gay nightclub shooting, describe the 22-year-old in court documents as “non-binary”.

Brink expressed remorse for what his son is accused of doing, “There’s no excuse to go and kill people. If you kill people, there’s something wrong. That’s not the answer.”

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“I’m sorry for your loss,” Brink said of the victims’ families. “Life is so fragile and it’s precious. These people’s lives were precious. You know they’re precious. They’re probably good people. It’s not something you kill someone over. I’m sorry I failed my son .”

Colorado Springs Club Q

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

“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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