Derrick Wayne Rump of Berks County, Pennsylvania was one of five people killed in a mass shooting at Club Q on the night of Saturday, November 20. At least 18 other people were injured in the tragedy.
Witnesses say the Colorado Springs gay bar was celebrating Transgender Remembrance Day when the attacker entered the bar and openly fired an AK rifle while carrying several other firearms. The first call to police was made at 11:56 p.m., according to Colorado Springs police. That evening, Army veteran Richard Fierre bravely confronted the gunman, disarmed him, took the gunman’s pistol and beat him with it. His quick action saved many lives that night.
Rump, 38, Daniel Aston, 28, Kelly Loving, 40, Ashley Paugh, 35, and Raymond Green Vance, 22, all lost their lives that night.
“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” Club Q said in a statement posted to its Facebook page on Sunday. “Our prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends. Thank you to the quick responses from heroic customers who overwhelmed the shooter and ended this hate attack.”
Rump and Aston were both bartenders at Club Q. Guests would know when Rump worked each night if Brittney Spears’ music could be heard from outside the club, reports said The Washington Post. Corresponding The postRump started working for Club Q five years ago and has made a name for himself as a “good listener with a heavy punch”. Friends saw him as the “glue that held the queer community in Colorado Springs together.”
Rump was known to be a friend to all Club Q guests. A friend of many of the club’s performers, he reportedly bought outfits and lashes for drag queens who couldn’t afford them The post. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rump also bought two months’ worth of groceries for some cast members who had lost their jobs.
Anthony Jaramillo, a regular at Club Q and friend of Rump’s, said he welcomed everyone with a warm glow.
“I guess I’m just waiting for someone to say, ‘It’s the wrong derrick,'” Jaramillo said in a tearful interview with CBS News. “When I went to Club Q, Derrick was guaranteed to be there all the time. [Derreck] was loving, supportive and just a good listener — [he] wouldn’t be afraid to tell you when you were wrong instead of telling you what you wanted to hear – and that was really valuable.
Friends say Rump often visited his family in the Womelsdorf and Kutztown areas of Pennsylvania, the same place where he graduated from high school in 2002, reports The Philadelphia investigator.
“Tragedies like this are difficult to process and understand,” the Kutztown-area school district said in a statement Monday, Nov. 21. Derrick will forever remind the community of Kutztown.”
Rump’s death came at a time when his family was already mourning the death of another family member — Rump’s younger brother, 37-year-old Dustin Wayne Rump, who died on July 5 of this year.
Rump’s mother, Julia Thames Rump, recounted it The questioner that her son Derrick was always there for his family whenever their spirits needed lifting. She said he moved to Colorado to live the life he always wanted.
“He lived his dream,” Julia Rump said in a phone interview The Philadelphia investigator. “He just wanted everyone to live their dreams like he did. Do not stop; Go on.”
On Wednesday, November 23, Rump’s sister, Julia Kissling, created a GoFundMe page to raise money for family expenses as the family navigates the loss. As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the family had raised $8,615 of their $25,000 goal.