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The public defender representing Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect accused of killing five people and injuring 17 more in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the weekend, described the 22-year-old as a “non-resident” in court documents. are described as. -binary.”

In several standard motions filed on behalf of Aldrich on Tuesday, public defenders referred to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich.” The motion dealt with issues such as the opening of documents and the gathering of evidence, rather than the identity of Aldrich, and was not detailed.


“Anderson Aldrich is non-binary,” reads a footnote in the documents. “They use his/her pronouns, and for purposes of all formal filings, they will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.”

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation, but officials said Aldrich faces possible murder and hate crime charges.

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Hate crime charges would require proving that the shooter was motivated by prejudice, such as against the victims’ actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The charges against Aldrich are preliminary, and prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges. Aldrich is represented by Joseph Archambault, Chief Trial Deputy, Office of the State Public Defender.

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It was also revealed Tuesday that Aldrich’s name was changed six years ago as a teenager, after filing a legal petition in Texas seeking to “protect himself” from a father with a criminal history, including domestic violence, against Aldrich’s mother. was done.

Aldrich was known as Nicholas Franklin Brink until 2016. Before she turned 16, Aldrich petitioned a Texas court for a name change, court records show. On Brink’s behalf, his grandparents, who were his legal guardians at the time, submitted a petition for a name change.

A police officer walks outside Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday.

The request to change Aldrich’s name came months after Aldrich was apparently targeted by online bullying. A website posting from June 2015 that a teen named Nick Brink was assaulted suggests he may have been bullied in high school. The post included photos similar to those of the shot suspect and ridiculed Brink for his weight, lack of money, and interest in Chinese cartoons.

People keep vigil at a makeshift memorial near the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday.

The name change and bullying were first reported by The Washington Post.

Court documents related to Aldrich’s arrest were sealed at the request of prosecutors. Police said Aldrich was released from the hospital after being shot and remains at the El Paso County Jail.