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Accused Club Q shooter changed name at 15; dad was MMA and porn star, mom had arrest record

Carol McKinley, The Gazette on

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There are indications that Aaron Brink's son had a fascination with gay culture.

Aldrich, as Nicholas Brink, established a YouTube channel in 2010 using the moniker “TheAzzbackward.” He may have been the creator of an animated 45-second video displayed on the site called “Asian Homosexual Gets Molested.” It was the only video on the channel.

In 2011, Aldrich's biological father, Aaron Brink, went high profile with his divorce from a pornography actress on an episode of "Divorce Court."

Months later, on Jan. 14, 2012, as first reported by The Gazette, Brink’s mother committed arson in San Antonio, according to Bexar County court records. At that time, Brink was still 11.

By August 2013 the charge was reduced and she was sentenced to five years of probation, which she did not complete, according to court records obtained by The Gazette.

Voepel’s attorney, James Oltersdorf, and a court clerk in Bexar County said she never spent a day in jail for her crime, but said the arson was “habitual” and she never completed probation.

Aldrich’s biological grandfather on his mother’s side is California state Assemblyman Randy Voepel, who was the mayor of Santee, California, during the 2001 Santana High School shooting in which a gunman killed three people and wounded 13 others.


Efforts to reach Aldrich's mother and grandmother also have been unsuccessful.

Online court records showed that Aldrich faces five murder charges and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury in Saturday night’s shooting at Club Q.


(Denver Gazette reporter Julia Cardi contributed to this story.)


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