Raymond Green Vance, 22, one of five people killed in Saturday’s shooting at Club Q, was visiting the club for the first time with his longtime girlfriend, her parents, and some of her parents’ friends, his family said in a statement provided to CNN.
They were celebrating a birthday, according to the statement.
“Unfortunately, he never left the club. Raymond was the victim of a man who unleashed terror on innocent people out with family and friends,” the statement said. “His own family and friends are completely devastated by the sudden loss of a son, grandson, brother, nephew, and cousin loved by so many.”
The statement said Vance was supportive of the LGBTQ community. According to the statement Raymond "himself is not a member of it."
Vance had just gotten a new job at a Colorado Springs FedEx distribution center.
“He couldn't wait to save enough money to get his own apartment, but in the meantime he lived with his mother and younger brother who adored him,” the statement said.
The family members were not named in the statement.
“Raymond was a kind, selfless young adult with his entire life ahead of him. His closest friend describes him as gifted, one-of-a-kind, and willing to go out of his way to help anyone,” the statement said.
He spent most of his spare time with his girlfriend, who he’d been with since middle school. He also played video games and hoped to turn that into an online career, the statement added.