What we know so far about those killed in Saturday’s attack on Club Q in Colorado Springs that left five people dead and 25 injured:
Daniel Aston, 28
Bartender and resident entertainer Daniel called himself the “master of silly business” for his performances for the club’s patrons.
As a child in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he always wanted to make people laugh and cheer, his mother, Sabrina Aston, told the Associated Press. His repertoire included wearing silly hats and writing plays acted by neighborhood kids.
After coming out as transgender, he attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and became president of its LGBTQ club, his mother said.
He reveled in his act at Club Q, where his identity was allowed to breathe, according to his parents. “He lit up a room, always smiling, always happy and silly,” Mrs Aston said.
“I keep thinking it’s a mistake, they made a mistake, and that he is really alive. It’s just a nightmare that you can’t wake up from.”
Kelly Loving, 40
Kelly was on a weekend trip from her home in Denver when she was killed, friends said. The outgoing 40-year-old had just spoken to one friend on the phone before going to the nightclub.
“She was loving, always trying to help the next person out instead of thinking of herself. She just was a caring person. I was really close with her,” sister Tiffany Loving told the New York Times.
Natalee Skye Bingham said she became friends with Kelly when they lived in Florida years previously, and had been FaceTiming her immediately before the attack.
“I’m so devastated because she was such a good person. She was going to be at my house for Thanksgiving, now it’s one less person at my table.”
Bingham said her friend, who had only recently moved to Denver, the Colorado state capital, was “a tough woman”.
“She taught me how it was to be a trans woman and live your life day to day,” she said.
Derrick Rump, 38
Another bartender killed in the attack, Derrick, was described by friends as “a staple” of the LGBTQ nightclub.
“When I went to Club Q, Derrick was going to be there, guaranteed, every time,” his friend Anthony Jaramillo told CBS News.
“Loving, supportive, with a heavy hand in his drink pouring, and just a really good listener and would not be afraid to tell you when you were wrong instead of telling you what you wanted to hear, and that was really valuable.”
Derrick was originally from Berks county, Pennsylvania, but found a home in Colorado Springs and welcomed club-goers with the same warmth he would show his own family, colleagues said.
Jaramillo said he was devastated by the loss of his friend. “I guess I’m just waiting for someone to be like, ‘Oh, it’s the wrong Derrick’,” he said.