Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
Obituary: "Crystal Leanne Leopold, of Milwaukee and formerly of Waupaca, was taken from us far too soon on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the young age of 24. She was born in New London, WI on October 20, 1992 to Patrick Leopold, Sr. and Cassandra (Wilson) Leopold. Crystal was more than just a silly sister, loving mother, thoughtful daughter and amazing friend. She was a breath of fresh air to everyone she came into contact with. She had a way of bringing out the joy in people that ultimately became a reflection of herself (who she was as a person). She taught us that perfection wasn’t about doing all the right things in life, but about loving one another and always being there to cheer up someone or making them smile. Crystal is a beautiful soul that touched all of our hearts deeply; a goofy, fearless girl that just made life interesting. She leaves behind four beautiful children: Alan, Jr. and Samuel Garries, Nathaniel King, Jr. and Emmanuel Sanchez, Jr."...Read more
News Story: "WAUPACA, Wis. (WSAW) -- Crystal Leopold was known for being happy, outgoing and bold according to her family.On Friday, August 11 she was stabbed and killed by her ex-boyfriend according to Milwaukee Police. Leopold has four young children. Wednesday evening, Crystal’s family and friends gathered in front of the Waupaca Library and walked to a park wearing purple, in honor of domestic violence victims. Leopold’s siblings are on a mission to help other domestic violence victims. 'We want to reach out to people who are being violently abused and don't know how to come out. Just talk to a friend, just tell somebody,' Leopold’s sister, Tiffany Leopold, said. In the weeks leading up to her death, Crystal’s family had been trying to get her and her four kids back to Waupaca from Milwaukee. According to her sister Natasha, she was planning on visiting Crystal who had just gotten a restraining order from the ex-boyfriend that is now suspected of killing her.
'We want to raise awareness to everyone that this could happen, she was way too young to go and she was trying to get out,' Natasha Leopold said"...Read more