The suspected Colorado Springs shooter is a registered member of the Mormon Church, a spokesperson confirmed.
Anderson Aldrich, 22, was arrested on suspicion of hate crimes and the first degree murder of five people at the LGBTQ Q club on Saturday night.
In a statement to Fox13
, a spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the alleged shooter was on its membership list but “has not been active for some time.”
“The senseless act of violence in Colorado Springs is of great sadness and concern to us,” the spokesperson said in a statement to the Salt Lake City-based news site. “We are very disturbed by any violence in our communities and particularly condemn acts of violence that are the result of intolerance against any of God’s children.”
The spokesperson said it was ‘problematic’ to disparage an entire faith based on the actions of someone who ‘did not show signs of belief in or association with members of the Church’ .
The church had formally opposed same-sex marriage and gender identity until April, when the second-highest-ranking leader, Dallin H. Oaks, reaffirmed the church’s position.
Then last week, the Church announced it would support proposed federal legislation to protect same-sex marriages.
Mr Aldrich was born Nicholas Brink and changed his name just before his 16th birthday, according to a review of birth documents by the Washington Post.
His mother Laura Voepel also appeared to be a member of the Mormon Church and belonged to several religious social media groups in Colorado Springs.
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