Danielle Hopton's family has started a GoFund Me Page. The money raised will be given out to animal shelters.
Danielle Hopton, an animal lover from Colorado was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend, according to People. The incident came to light after Fort Collins Police was alerted about an unconscious and injured woman in the parking lot of 525 East Drake Road on 6 February 2021. On arriving at the location, the officers found the 18-year-old in the parking lot. She was found "with life-threatening injuries consistent with an assault." Though the girl was rushed to a local hospital, her life could not be saved. She succumbed to her injuries.
Loved ones of Danielle Hopton have set up a GoFundMe to support 3 groups: Larimer Humane Society/Guide Dogs 4 the Blind/Crossroads Safe House. The 18-y/o was killed Sat in @fortcollinsgov -suspect in jail. @FCPolice @channel2kwgn @KDVR @guidedogs @LarimerHumane @FossilRidgeHS pic.twitter.com/jILGzigfSq— Gregory Nieto (@greg_nieto) February 10, 2021
Soon investigators tracked down the man responsible for the heinous crime. 20-year-old Stephen McNeil was charged for the murder of the girl. The police stated that the duo knew each other. They stated that the couple "had previously been in a relationship."
The duo attended Fossil Ridge High School. Hopton graduated with the class of 2020 with an academic award. The authorities claimed that the duo along with 20-year-old Ian Rayas drove to the Whispering Pines Apartments at 525 East Drake Road after hanging out with their friends.
The authorities claimed that the group "had been socializing that night." Several of the people eventually drove to an apartment complex at 525 E. Drake Road and parked to hang out," said the police in a statement. Moments later, Hopton and McNeil got out of their vehicle to talk. However, the unfortunate happened. McNeil assaulted the girl.
Seeing what had happened, the other members of the group called emergency services. By then, McNeil had fled the scene. On 7 February 2020, police arrested McNeil and took him into custody. He was charged with first-degree murder, a felony, domestic violence, violation of a protection order, and violation of bail bond conditions.
Rayas who had initially denied knowing anything about the incident was also charged on felony charges of attempt to influence a public servant and accessory to a crime. They are both booked into the Larimer County Jail. Meanwhile, the authorities found that McNeil was arrested previously in December for felony assault involving strangulation. In January, he was arrested for misdemeanor criminal mischief.
The death of Hopton has shocked her family and friends. "This heinous act of violence took a woman's life and forever changed the lives of her loved ones. We will continue working diligently to support her family and seek justice," stated the GoFund Me Page started by her family.
The page also informed that the money raised would be "split equally between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Larimer Animal Shelter, and Crossroads Safehouse. This is what Danielle would've wanted."