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    Colorado Mass Shooting: Club Q victims honoured at the American Music Awards

    A 22-year-old gunman opened fire at Club Q an LGBTQIA+ night club on Sartuday 19 November in Colorado Springs, leaving 5 people dead and 25 injured, he was subdued by patrons in the club and later arrested by police.

    The shooter was identified on Sunday as Anderson Lee Aldrich according to reports Aldrich, immediately started shooting as he entered the nightclub, the FBI and the police say that they are still investigating whether this was a hate crime or not.

    The police chief Adrian Vasquez in a press conference told everyone that “Club Q is a safe haven for our LGBTQ citizens,” he explained that everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in the City.

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    A gunman opened fire inside an LGBTQIA+ Colorado nightclub, killing at least five people. Photo: AFP

    Club Q also released a statement saying that they are “devastated by the senseless attack

    AFP reported that “the shooting is the latest in a long history of attacks on LGBTQ venues in the United States, the deadliest of which claimed 49 lives at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016.”

    ALSO READ: Colorado gay nightclub: 600th mass shooting in USA this year

    AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS PAYS TRIBUTE TO CLUB Q VICTIMS

    Kim Petras an advocate of the LGBTQ community and the first openly transgender solo artist to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 song chart took to the stage on Sunday night to pay tribute to the victims of the Club Q mass shooting.

    Petras in a heartwarming speech at the American Music Awards (AMAs) talked about the role that gay clubs played in his upbringing and the role of Pop music in gay clubs:

     “I can’t stop thinking about Colorado todayGay clubs raised me, basically. And I can confidently say that no one loves pop music more than gay clubs. So, my heart goes out to you.”

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    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 20: Kim Petras speaks onstage during the 2022 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

    Many artists paid tribute to the Club Q victims throughout the night, Dove Cameron who won the AMA new artist of the year award dedicated his award to the queer community saying:

     “On the heels of the tragedy that happened at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is, and how important our community is,”

    The 50th American Music Awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, the big winner for the night was Taylor Swift winning in all six categories in which she was nominated.

    ALSO READ: Colorado mass shooter stopped by ‘heroic’ people inside gay club

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