Because the 22-year-old arrested within the lethal rampage at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ membership made an preliminary courtroom look Wednesday and was ordered held with out bond, items of the suspect’s previous are slowly rising, suggesting a risky upbringing and a fractured household life.
Anderson Lee Aldrich’s father mentioned in an interview Tuesday with the CBS affiliate KFMB in San Diego that he believed Aldrich had died by suicide a number of years in the past and that solely this yr did he be taught in any other case.
Aaron Brink informed the information station that he had mourned the lack of his baby and had gone via a meltdown.
Brink mentioned his ex-wife informed him in 2016 that Aldrich was lifeless. Aldrich was born Nicholas Franklin Brink earlier than a petition for a change of identify was filed in 2016. (In a courtroom submitting Tuesday, Aldrich’s protection crew referred to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich,” noting in footnotes that their consumer is nonbinary and makes use of they/them pronouns. There was no additional elaboration, and Aldrich’s protection legal professionals couldn’t instantly be reached for remark Wednesday.)
In accordance with courtroom paperwork filed in Bexar County, Texas, the identify change was requested as a result of Aldrich, who was turning 16, “needs to guard himself and his future from any connections to beginning father and his legal historical past. Father has had no contact with minor for a number of years.” The submitting was first reported by The Washington Publish.
On the time, Aldrich was dwelling in Texas with grandparents and authorized guardians Pamela and Jonathan Pullen. Neither could possibly be reached for remark Wednesday.
Aldrich’s mom, Laura Voepel, was additionally dwelling in Texas. Efforts to achieve her had been additionally unsuccessful.
Brink, 48, mentioned that he solely realized Aldrich was nonetheless alive after receiving a telephone name six months in the past from his baby. The pair argued.
He informed KFMB that Aldrich was “pissed off at me,” and “desires to poke on the outdated man.”
The previous MMA fighter who later starred in pornographic motion pictures recalled that his ex-wife mentioned Aldrich sought a reputation change as a result of Brink was related to the porn trade and likewise appeared in a 2009 episode of the A&E docuseries “Intervention.”
Within the episode, Brink says he’s hooked on crystal meth and is proven utilizing medicine earlier than members of his household encourage him to hunt remedy. Brink’s personal troubled childhood is profiled within the present, together with his mother and father’ divorce and his arrest at 21 for smuggling marijuana from Mexico into america. He served three years in federal jail.
Brink mentioned he divorced Aldrich’s mom not lengthy after their baby was born. Neither Voepel nor Aldrich are talked about within the “Intervention” episode.
Brink’s legal historical past additionally contains convictions for battery in opposition to the suspect’s mom each earlier than and after Aldrich was born, The Related Press reported. A 2002 misdemeanor battery conviction in California resulted in a protecting order that originally barred Brink from contacting Voepel and their baby besides via an legal professional, however that was later modified to permit monitored visits with Aldrich, based on the AP.
Brink informed KFMB that he was the one who taught his baby to combat.
He mentioned he praised Aldrich “for violent habits actually early,” including that he additionally mentioned “it really works. It’s immediate and you will get speedy outcomes.”
Brink mentioned Voepel and Aldrich moved to Colorado round 2012.
He added that he was shocked that Aldrich would have been at Membership Q, the place authorities say the shooter killed 5 individuals and injured 19 others with a semi-automatic rifle Saturday, as a result of he did not imagine his baby would have gone to an LGBTQ institution within the first place as a result of the household is Mormon.
A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints informed NBC Information that Aldrich is listed on the membership rolls, however has not been lively for greater than a decade.
“There isn’t any excuse for going and killing individuals,” Brink mentioned. “If you happen to’re killing individuals, there’s one thing mistaken. It isn’t the reply.”
A motive within the taking pictures stays unclear. Aldrich has been charged with 5 counts of first-degree homicide and 5 counts of committing these crimes as a part of a bias assault.
The suspect was subdued by not less than two individuals contained in the membership.
Prosecutor Michael Allen mentioned Aldrich, who appeared in courtroom by way of video with accidents to the face, was “bodily competent” to face trial. The following listening to was scheduled for Dec. 6.
After courtroom, Allen declined to reply questions from reporters associated to a different case involving Aldrich.
Aldrich was arrested final yr after Voepel reported that her baby threatened her with a do-it-yourself bomb and different weapons. Ring doorbell video obtained by the AP reveals Aldrich arriving at Voepel’s entrance door with a giant black bag the day of the 2021 bomb menace, telling her the police had been close by and including, “That is the place I stand. Right this moment I die.”
Authorities on the time mentioned no explosives had been discovered, however gun management advocates have requested why police did not use Colorado’s “purple flag” legal guidelines to grab the weapons the mom mentioned Aldrich had.
Brink mentioned he feels regret that he let his baby down and solely realized of Aldrich’s alleged involvement within the taking pictures when a protection legal professional contacted him.
Brink informed KFMB that he beloved Aldrich “it doesn’t matter what” and requested individuals to “please forgive” his baby.
Donna Mendell, Shelley Osterloh and The Related Press contributed.