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Fragments of a troubled young life emerge, but mysteries about Anderson Aldrich remain

Summer Lin and Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times on

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In the last Ring video from the incident, Aldrich was seen leaving Bowman’s house about three hours later with their hands in the air and no longer wearing a helmet or body armor. The report from the sheriff’s office said Aldrich was arrested without issue. Charges in the incident, however, were later dismissed.

There’s also no public record that police or relatives tried to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law after the arrest, which could have allowed authorities to seize any weapons or ammunition in Aldrich’s possession, or prevent them from purchasing any, at least temporarily.

Bowman said Aldrich’s mother moved out of the room she was renting about two days after the arrest, and she hasn’t kept up with either Voepel or Aldrich since. At the time, Aldrich lived about a mile away with their grandparents but would often visit their mother, Bowman said. She said that the teen was never talkative and that Voepel and Aldrich often would watch movies together.

They “would come over from time to time, sometimes once or twice a week,” Bowman said. She described Aldrich as “pretty quiet.”

She said there was only one other incident in which Aldrich became aggressive, getting in her face and slamming the door on her after a dispute between Bowman and Voepel in early 2020. But Bowman said Aldrich didn’t become physically violent, and she chalked it up to being protective of their mother. Bowman said she didn’t know whether Aldrich, then 20, was in school or working.

Bowman said she found it hard to believe Aldrich identifies as nonbinary.

“I have only ever known him as a he/him. Laura only ever referred to him that way, as my son,” Bowman said. “There was never anything other than he/him pronouns and referring to him in the masculine.”

Bowman said she is still concerned that the initial charges against Aldrich were dropped.


“In an incident as serious as that, there should be at least some sort of plea deal, just something, to keep (them) on the radar,” she said.

In the months before the shooting, Aldrich’s mother posted in a Facebook group for women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asking for help.

She asked in February for recommendations for a “trauma/PTSD therapist,” writing that it was for a “21-year-old,” the same age Aldrich was at the time.

Nearly three months later, she asked whether anyone could refer her child — whom she described as “6’6” tall and hits like a freight train” — to a private boxing coach.

“Cannot find a good gym or anyone serious,” she wrote. The post said her child had “made huge life changes and needs this!”


(Los Angeles Times staff writers Hannah Wiley and Terry Castleman contributed to this report.)

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