• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

A pulse shooting survivor flies to Colorado to assist Club Q victims

ORLANDO, Fla. – A survivor of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando will travel to Colorado Springs over the weekend to support victims of the Club Q attack.

In Colorado, the suspect in Saturday’s deadly shooting at Club Q, an LGBT club, faced a judge for the first time on Wednesday.

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Anderson Aldrich is accused of killing five people and injuring many others.

Anderson Aldrich (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Aldrich is in jail without bond. He faces five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of prejudice-motivated crimes.

More than six years ago, Central Florida found itself in a similar situation with the fatal shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Next week, a survivor will fly west to let the people of Colorado Springs know that help is available.

Neema Bahrami said he didn’t think twice about buying his plane ticket after learning about the fatal shooting at Club Q.

“We said, ‘We have to go, we have to.’ No further questions were asked. Our family is in need,” Bahrami said. “It made me want to relive the moment I had.”

Baharami is a Pulse survivor and worked at Pulse as an entertainment manager. He said he was driving to Colorado Springs Tuesday to show love and support to survivors, families and people there who might just need a hug.

“We will do what we can, just like the people at Pulse did for us six years ago. It was touching when everyone around the world spread this message of love and came to our help because of our feelings,” Bahrami said.

News 6 has followed Bahrami’s journey since the Pulse shooting, including his efforts to organize vigils, start a nonprofit aimed at spreading love and his push to end hate.

Club owner Barbara Poma is also traveling to Colorado next week. She is the founder of the One Pulse Foundation, which is working to create an enduring Pulse memorial.

“We know how it feels. We know what to expect and that way we can at least introduce ourselves and tell them we’re here for them when they’re ready,” Poma said. “Something needs to change, and we need to know and believe that love is far more powerful than hate.”

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