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“The world stops to care”: Club Q survivors reflect on what’s changed — and what still needs fixing

The Colorado Sun
November 17, 2023

Waves of grief wash over Deanna Van Scyoc, changing her mood day to day, minute to minute. 

A sudden “bang,” the sound of gunfire on the TV or a social media post reminding her of her friends, Daniel Aston and Derrick Rump, bring Van Scyoc back to the night a year ago when she hid for her life, crouched under a pool table in Club Q and watched a shooter spray bullets across the dance floor where she once felt safe and free to be herself. 

For 12 minutes and 21 seconds, she relayed the horror to a 911 dispatcher as she put pressure on a friend’s chest where a bullet had struck him.

Read more of Olivia Prentzel's reporting in The Colorado Sun

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