Colorado Shooting Suspect’s Dad Thought Son Killed Himself in 2016

The father of the accused mass shooter of a Colorado gay nightclub said Tuesday he thought his son died by suicide until about a year ago and apologized for letting his son down.

Aaron Brink, 48, told KFMB-TV in San Diego, where he lives, that in 2016, his ex-wife, Laura Voepel, called to tell him his son Nicholas had changed his name to Anderson Aldrich and killed himself.

“I thought he was dead. I mourned his loss. I had gone through a meltdown and thought I had lost my son,” Brink told the TV station. The Denver Post reported Brink knew about his son’s name change because he signed his son’s petition in May 2016, when Aldrich was living in San Antonio.

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