KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just hours after learning of a horrific mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, two Kansas City clubs spoke out about what happened.

Fountain Haus, in Kansas City’s Westport, held a vigil to honor the five people killed and 25 injured in the shooting that happened around midnight Sunday morning.

Organizers placed five white candles to honor the victims who died. Those attending the vigil at Fountain Haus added candles around the five flames. Fountain Haus shared video of the tribute on Instagram.

The business announced it is also planning a fundraiser on Dec. 4. Money raised will benefit the victim’s families. Additional information about the fundraiser will be released at a future time.

In Midtown, employees at Missie B’s, an LGBTQ+ bar in Kansas City said the scary part about this tragedy is that it could happen to anybody at any time.

“It’s our community being attacked yet again for just living our lives,” show director Kory Burch said.

After the 2016 Pulse night club shooting in Florida, general manager Jan Allen said they upped security and surveillance, but believes they can only do so much.

“Because if they want to do it, they’re going to do it and it’s very unfortunate that there’s that much hate in this world,” Allen said.

The Midtown bar posted a tribute to the victims on Facebook.

“Once again a senseless act of violence has taken lives and brought injury to our family’s and community. Missie B’s sends our thought and prayers to all the victims of the Club Q shootings…we must stop the violence,” Missie B’s posted on Facebook.

Missie B’s is also having a fundraiser for the victims’ families of the Club Q shooting Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas blames gun laws and the prevalence of hate speech for attacks like the one on Club Q.

“This terrible combo of hate plus easy access to firearms is literally killing our communities and we see that more and more at schools, at clubs,” Lucas said. “Certainly, with any groups that find themselves the subject of division. that’s the sort of thing I’d like to see changed.”

Kansas City’s LGBTQ Commission also released a statement on the Club Q shooting.

“Every politician that spews anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting. Every politician who says that guns aren’t the problem bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting,” the commission tweeted.

Burch says the LGBTQ+ community will not let this act of violence stop them from being who they are.

“They want us to go back into hiding and that’s not what we’re about,” Burch said. “You know especially as the gay community, we are a chosen family and we get to choose how we live our lives.”

Online court records showed that Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faced five murder charges and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury in Saturday night’s attack at Club Q.

The attack was stopped when a patron grabbed a handgun from Aldrich, hit him with it and pinned him down until police arrived minutes later.

The shooting happened on Trans Day of Remembrance, a day that honors lives lost to anti-transgender violence, according to GLAAD.

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