The shooter of a gay club in Colorado, Anderson Lee Aldrich, previously changed their name and now identifies as non-binary, using they/them pronouns.
Aldrich, is suspected of murdering five people and injuring others at Club Q on Saturday.
The suspect’s original name is Nicholas Franklin Brink before they changed it to Anderson Lee Aldrich in 2016, a petition signed by their biological grandmother and step-grandfather, as well as mother.
In a court filing, Aldrich’s public defenders said that their client is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, referring to the client as ‘Mx. Anderson Aldrich.’
According to a petition, which was signed when Aldrich still identified as male, the name change was meant ‘to protect himself and his future from any connections to birth father,’ Aaron Brink.
Who is Aaron Brink aka Dick Delaware?
Aaron Brink aka Dick Delaware has been identified as the father of accused Colorado Springs mass shooter Anderson Aldrich.
He is an ex-con former MMA fighter-turned-adult film performer with the stage name “Dick Delaware”
Aaron Franklin Brink, 51, started competing in mixed martial arts in late 1998, about a year and a half before his alleged killer son was born.
In a profile on MMA Junkie, Brink is listed as having won 21 fights and lost 18, including appearances with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).
According to The Gazette, Brink divorced Aldrich’s mother when he was a baby and began filming adult films at 27 under the name Dick Delaware.
“I met this p### producer,” Brink told MMA Junkie in 2009. “I was f-king around with some girls at a party, and he noticed I was very gifted. He said, ‘Man, you’re a goddamn pro. If you get a test, I’ll put you in a scene.’
“So I got into a few scenes. I was making some money.”
Brink appeared in such XXX video gems as “White Boys Can Hump’’ in 2016 and both “My MILF Boss 8’’ and “It’s OK to Put It in My Ass’’ in 2014, according to his IMDB page.
But the Huntington Beach, Calif., native became hooked on crystal meth while making the smut and ended up on the reality show “Intervention’’ in 2009, where his then-fiancee begged him to stop using.
Two years later, he was appearing on TV’s “Divorce Court’’ with his second wife, p### star Vanessa Brink, according to the Gazette and footage of the show.
Brink’s unorthodox career came after a troubled childhood which included juvenile detention and a federal prison stint for smuggling pot into the US from Mexico.
He was released from serving hard time at 24 when a friend encouraged him to consider MMA fighting, acording to the MMA Junkie profile.