The LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, where a gunman shot and killed five people, announced on Monday its plans to rebuild and eventually reopen. Club Q said that it also has a plan to financially help those affected as well as the club’s former staff and contractors. Club Q is expected to reopen next fall.
The club will also partner with Colorado Springs and a local women-owned architecture firm to create a tribute to the victims of the shooting as well as rebuild the club with new security protections. The designs for the rebuild are expected in the next four to six weeks. The planned tribute will be a permanent memorial to Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, and Derrick Rump. The new security features will be planned in coordination with local, state, and federal agencies, in order to have Club Q stand as a model for LGBTQ+ safe spaces in the U.S.
The club has also brought on two victims of the shooting as new staff as a full staff plan is worked out for the venue to reopen. It also said that it continues to fundraise for those affected by the shooting, supporting both the Colorado Healing Fund and the Compassion Fund.