Danielle Hopton Wiki – Danielle Hopton Bio
Danielle Hopton is a native of Colorado and animal shelter volunteer who was beaten to death in a parking lot earlier this month, police said.
Authorities said they responded to a report of an “unconscious, injured woman” in an apartment building’s parking lot in Fort Collins, north of Denver, on February 6, 2021.
She was 18 years old.
Danielle Hopton Death
The alleged domestic violence came to light on Feb. 6, when Fort Collins Police received a 911 call about an unconscious, injured woman in the parking lot of 525 East Drake Road, the department says in a release.
When officers arrived, they found Hopton in the parking lot “with life-threatening injuries consistent with an assault,” according to the release.
She was rushed to a local hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries.
Detectives subsequently identified Stephen McNeil, 20, as a suspect in her killing, say police in the release.
McNeil, her 20-year-old ex-boyfriend, was arrested on February 7 and charged with first-degree murder, domestic violence, violation of a protection order and violation of bail bond conditions.
Fort Collins Police added that Ian Rayas was also arrested on February 11 and charged with attempting to influence a public servant and accessory to a crime, two felonies.
A GoFundMe set up for Hopton’s family described the Colorado teen as “a gorgeous, loving, kind and caring young woman.”
Bo Street, who organized the fundraiser on behalf of her family, wrote, “She was always smiling and laughing, she was always asking how you are doing and just genuinely cared about others.”
According to the GoFundMe, Hopton was an animal lover who frequently volunteered at a local animal shelter and worked with her father raising guide dogs for the blind.
Money raised by the GoFundMe will be “split equally between Guide Dogs for the Blind, Larimer Animal Shelter, and Crossroads Safehouse,” which Hopton’s family said is what the “selfless and caring” young woman would have wanted.