Colorado Springs Massacre Suspect Tried To Erase His Father’s Dark Past

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The 22-year-old gunman accused of killing five people and wounding 17 others at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ bar changed his name as a teen to remove all links to his estranged father, who by then worked as a porn actor. Appeared to be doing

The gunman is also non-binary, his defense attorney wrote in a court filing Tuesday, adding “they use they/them pronouns.”

Anderson Lee Aldrich, who has 10 criminal counts including first-degree murder, was born Nicholas Franklin Brink, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast. His biological father, Aaron Franklin Brink, moved in with Nichols as a child, according to a relative who asked not to be named publicly.

“The minor wishes to protect himself + his birth father + his future from his criminal history,” said a notarized affidavit filed in a Texas court just over a month ago by Aldrich, still Nicholas Brink, 16. What has happened? “The father has had no contact with the minor for several years.”

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In April 2016, a handwritten petition to change Aldrich’s name was filed in Bexar County, where he and his mother, Laura Voepel, were living at the time. It was signed by Voepel; Aldrich’s biological grandmother Pamela Pullen; step-grandfather Jonathan Pullen; and father Aaron F. Brink, who was listed as living in San Diego County, California. The filing, which shows Pullens had legal guardianship of Aldrich at the time, was first reported by Washington Post,

Ramon Molina, an attorney with the firm handling the case, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that there is nothing unusual about the plea and that “nobody here really remembers” Aldrich. A phone call Tuesday to a number listed for Aaron Franklin Brink was answered by a man who declined to identify himself, then said Brink was not there, and quickly hung up.

However, a family member said that Voepel and Aldrich “always had problems, a lot of problems,” and Brink, 48, “was never involved with them, never very much.” Voepel was booked in 2012 on an arson charge, which he later pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. Public records contain a short list of other nonviolent arrests in Voepel’s past.

“I don’t want anything to do with that part of the family,” said a relative who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. “They’ve always had problems, a lot of problems… I’m completely frustrated with that side of the family right now.”

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A few minutes before midnight on 19 November, Aldrich allegedly opened fire on patrons and staff at LGBTQ nightclub Club Q. , Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said at a news conference. Aldrich was hospitalized with unspecified injuries after his arrest, officials said, but was transferred to the El Paso County Jail on Tuesday.

Aldrich was arrested last year after police said he threatened to blow up the Colorado Springs house where Voepel was renting a room. The charges were later dropped. On Monday, Colorado Springs District Attorney Michael J. Allen said state law prohibited him from disclosing further details of the case, or why Colorado’s red flag laws were not triggered by the episode, which would have meant confiscation of Aldrich’s guns. (According to reports, the weapon used in the Club Cue shooting was purchased legally.)

Voepel’s landlord told The Daily Beast, “He should have at least received some kind of prison sentence.” “Those people didn’t have to die. It is very disappointing that the justice system did not follow up on what happened in my home last year.

Aldrich’s father’s name on the name change petition and the California county in which he then lived matched exactly those of porn star-turned-MMA fighter Aaron Brink, who also shares a middle name, Franklin, with the alleged shooter. For public data and federal court records. (A woman who answered a phone number linked to Brink on Monday and identified herself as his girlfriend claimed he had no children.)

Brink was sentenced to federal prison in 1996 for importing marijuana. Upon his release in 1998 he established a career as a mixed martial arts fighter. He was soon joined by MMA star and one-time mayor pro tempore of Huntington Beach, California, Tito Ortiz, a high school friend. who brought him into play, usa todayMMA Junkie Blog reported.

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As of 2003, Brink has nearly two dozen fights under his belt. But it was a bumpy ride. A few years ago, Brink was sent back to prison on a parole violation after pleading guilty to assaulting Voepel, and a urinalysis turned up morphine and steroids in his system, according to court records.

Along the way, Brink accidentally bumped into his Dick Delaware screen persona, he told MMA Junkie in 2009.

“I met this porn producer,” he said. “I was hooking up with some girls at a party, and he saw that I was very talented. He said, ‘Man, you’re a big fan. If you test, I’ll put you in a scene.’ So I got into some scenes. I was making some money. And it was through the world of porn that I got into meth.

Brink filmed her first adult scene on December 26, 2002, according to the adult film trade publication XBiz.

“The day could not have been more nerve-wracking for me,” Brink told the outlet. “I was working with a black girl named Candice Jackson. I’ve never fucked a black girl before.”

He founded his own company, Dick Delaware Productions, and has appeared in over 300 films, including 2007’s destination tonsilof 2008 stimulus packageof 2014 it’s okay to put it in my assand 2016 white boys can humpAccording to IMDB.

However, drugs reportedly became Brink’s sore throat, and her pornographic career took a dive. Brink appeared on the reality show in 2009 Interference After that his then wife lost patience with his meth use.

Brink told XBiz in 2007, “I loved fucking girls.” “I loved speed. The problem was that the two together are a terrible mix. Forget that I was a moody, angry guy. What bothered me most was that for so long I was just was fucking for money to get more drugs. And it wasn’t fair to the women I worked with back then. If I wasn’t such a drug addict I could have fucked them better .

Brink eventually left MMA with a professional record of 23-15-1. He was arrested in 2016 on another parole violation.

The relative, who spoke to The Daily Beast on Tuesday, said that although she had plenty of reasons to cut Voepel and Aldrich out of her life, she never thought it would end up like this.

She said, “I didn’t know he would ever stoop to this extent.” “I don’t want them to think they can call me for help [now]Because I won’t be there.

—With reporting by Rebecca Hopkins

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