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Club Q owners reflect on shooting tragedy, recovery in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The owners of Club Q, the LGBTQ+ establishment targeted by last weekend's mass shooting, said that it's too soon to know if and when the club will reopen.

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But Matthew Haynes and Nic Grzecka, who opened the business 20 years ago, made a promise Wednesday.

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"The shooting was our worst nightmare but Club Q will never die," Grzecka said. "The club, the family and the culture will never be gone."

The owners spoke after a large crowd attended the unveiling of a large pride flag at City Hall -- an event that showed the community's support.

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“The support’s been absolutely nonstop," Haynes said. "From the moment it occurred, we’ve had nothing but support. So from our perspective, it’s a continuum of what we’ve been feeling. I even gave a statement for vigils that are happening in the UK."

The process of recovering from such a tragedy -- structurally and emotionally -- seems overwhelming for the many touched by the attack.

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“Our local community is going to have a very long road of rebuilding after something as horrific as this," Grzecka remarked. "And we’re going to need support for a long time to come. So don’t forget about us.”

The owners, their patrons and their supporters, now look to Thanksgiving for healing.

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“If you have an LGBTQ+ person in your family, hug them today," Grzecka earnestly advised. "Make Thanksgiving about them.”

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