On Feb. 6, when the Fort Collins Police received a 911 call about an unconscious, wounded woman in the parking lot of 525 East Drake Road, the department said in a statement, the suspected domestic violence came to light.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where her injuries caused her to die.
In a press release, Fort Collins Police said that 18-year-old Hopton had’ life-threatening injuries associated with an attack’ when they arrived. She was rushed to the hospital where she died of her injuries.
Hopton’s death was ruled a suicide by the Larimer County Coroner, and the Fort Collins Police reported in their press release that two people, including her ex-boyfriend, were arrested in connection with her death.
On February 7, Stephen McNeil, her 20-ye
ar-old ex-boyfriend was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, domestic abuse, breach of a restraining order, and violation of terms of bail bonds.
Fort Collins Police added that on February 11, Ian Rayas was also arrested and charged with trying to influence a public servant, two felonies, and accessory to a crime.
On charges of first-degree murder, a felony, domestic violence, violation of a restraining order, and breach of bail bond terms, he was booked into the Larimer County Jail.
He was released on $2,650 in cash bonds from prison on Jan. 22, CBS4 notes. In those cases, the records, the network reports were sealed and it was not immediately clear if he had filed pleas or retained an attorney to comment on those claims or on the charges relating to the case of Hopton.
The Colorado teen was described by a GoFundMe set up for Hopton’s family as “a gorgeous, loving, kind and caring young woman.”
Over $31,200 had been raised at the time of publishing, surpassing the $20,000 target of the fundraiser.
Hopton had just graduated from Fossil Ridge High School with an academic award in 2020, where, according to CBS4, she was also interested in track, football, and literature.