Colorado Springs massacre suspect tried to erase father’s dark past

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22 year old gunman Accused of killing 5 and injuring 17 at LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs Changed his name as a teenager to remove all links to his estranged father.

Anderson Lee AldrichBorn Nicholas Franklin Brink, who is pre-indicted on 10 criminal charges, including first-degree murder. According to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast,His biological father, Aaron Franklin Brink, left home when Nicholas was a baby, according to relatives who wished to remain anonymous.

“The minor wants to protect his future from himself + his biological father + his criminal record,” said Aldrich, still almost exactly a month before Nicholas Brink turned 16. , said a notarized affidavit filed in a Texas court. For several years. ”

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A handwritten petition to change Aldrich’s name, dated April 2016, was filed in Bexar County, where he and his mother, Laura Voepel, lived at the time. It was signed by Voepel. Aldrich’s biological grandmother Pamela Pullen. Stepgrandfather Jonathan Pullen. and his father Aaron F. Brink, who was listed as living in San Diego County, California. The filing shows that Pullens was Aldrich’s legal guardian at the time. first reported by Washington Post.

Ramon Molina, the attorney who handled the case, told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that there was nothing special about the petition and that “no one really remembers” Aldrich. On Tuesday, he called a number listed for Aaron Franklin Brink, but was answered by a man who refused to reveal his identity, said Brink wasn’t there, and promptly hung up. rice field.

But a family member said Voepel and Aldrich “always had a lot of trouble” and Brink, 48, “never got involved with him and was rarely with him.” Voepel said she was charged with arson in 2012, but she later admitted to her criminal activities. Her public record is littered with other non-violent arrests in Voepel’s past.

“I want nothing to do with that part of the family,” said a relative who told The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. … I am totally fed up with that side of the family right now.”

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Minutes before midnight on November 19, Aldrich allegedly opened fire on patrons and staff at LGBTQ nightspot Club Q. Aldrich was hospitalized with unspecified injuries after his arrest, but was transferred to the El Paso County Jail on Tuesday, officials said.

last year, Aldrich arrested after police threatened to blow up his Colorado Springs home The place where Vopel rented a room. The charges were later dropped. On Monday, Colorado Springs District Attorney Michael J. Allen said state law prevented him from revealing details of the incident or why Colorado’s red flag laws were not triggered by the episode. (Weapons used in Club Q shooting were legally purchased and according to reports.)

“He should have gotten at least some kind of jail time,” a Voepel landlord told the Daily Beast. It’s a pity that I didn’t take over.

Aldrich’s father’s name and the county in California he lived in in the name change petition exactly match the name of porn star-turned-MMA fighter Aaron Brink, who also has a middle name. Sharing Franklin with the shooter. To public data and federal court records. (A woman who answered a phone number linked to Blink on Monday and identified herself as her girlfriend claimed she had no children.)

brink Incarcerated in federal prison for importing marijuana in 1996Then, when he was released in 1998, he went on to establish a career as a mixed martial arts fighter. He soon met Tito Ortiz, an MMA star and interim mayor of Huntington Beach, California. who got him into the sport United States of America todayof Reported by MMA Junkie Blog.

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By 2003, Brink had about 20 fights under his belt. A few years ago, Brink was sent back to prison for a parole violation after being convicted of assaulting Vopel, and a urine test detected morphine and steroids in his system. According to court records.

Along the way, Brink stumbled upon Dick Delaware’s screen persona, he told MMA Junkie in 2009.

“I met this porn producer,” he said. “I was hanging out with some girls at a party, and he realized I was very talented. So I got into some scenes, I was making some money, and I got into meth through the world of porn.”

Brink filmed his first adult scene on December 26, 2002. According to adult film industry magazine XBiz.

“That day couldn’t be more nerve-wracking for me,” Blink told the outlet. never was.

He founded his own company, Dick Delaware Productions, and has appeared in over 300 films, including the 2007 film. destination tonsil,2008 stimulus package,2014 you can put it in your buttand 2016 white boys can hump, According to IMDb.

But drugs reportedly became Brink’s Achilles heel and his porn career plummeted. In 2009, Blink to appear on reality show intervention After my then-wife became intolerant of meth use.

“I loved fucking chicks,” Brink told XBiz in 2007. The problem was that the two together were a horrible mix. What really pissed me off was that I was fucking for so long just to get more meds. I could have had better sex if I hadn’t been a drug addict. ”

Brink eventually left MMA with a professional record of 23-15-1.he was Arrested for another parole violation in 2016.

Speaking to The Daily Beast on Tuesday, a relative said he had good reasons to cut Voepel and Aldrich out of his life, but didn’t expect it to end like this.

“I never thought he would go this far,” she said. “I just don’t want them to think they can ask me for help. [now]because I’m not there.

— with reporting by Rebecca Hopkins

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