Rochester native Colleen Hoopes was shot and killed in her Arizona home
Ballet Arizona dancer Colleen Hoopes was shot and killed in her home early Friday morning. She was 25 years old. Her husband was arrested in connection with the shooting.
“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Company dancer Colleen Hoopes,” a statement on behalf of Ballet Arizona said to The Arizona Republic. “Colleen was an integral part of the Ballet Arizona family and will be deeply missed. She was passionate and dedicated to her art form and a shining light to us all. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.
Tempe police responded to Hoopes’ residence after her husband, Christopher Hoopes, called 911 at 3:30 a.m. to report a shooting. Hoopes, 36, said he woke up with a start and fired his gun twice before realizing he had shot his wife, according to court documents.
Colleen Hoopes was taken to hospital with two gunshot wounds to the chest. She was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m., according to court documents.
Court documents say there is evidence to support the report that the shooting took place in the bedroom, where two casings were found and damage was visible on the bedroom wall.
A recording from a neighbor provided the audio of the incident, according to court documents. Two separate gunshots could be heard, approximately two seconds apart.
Christopher Hoopes has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm within city limits. Bail was set at $750,000 and a court date was set for Thursday.
Who was Colleen Hoopes?
Hoopes joined Ballet Arizona in 2017 after receiving professional ballet training at the Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York, and attending Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Hoopes has participated in several Ballet Arizona performances, including Ib Andersen’s “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, “Cinderella” and “Eroica”, as well as Bournonville’s “Napoli” and “Square Dance”. by Balanchine, “Western Symphony”, “La Sonnambula”, “Theme and variations” and “Symphony in three movements”.
A Facebook post from the IU Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department read: “We mourn the tragic loss of former IUBT student Colleen (Buckley) Hoopes. Colleen graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet and an outside field in Political Science. She then danced with Rochester City Ballet and then Ballet Arizona.”
“She shone a bright light at IUBT, bringing kindness and passion into her dance and into her life. Our faculty and alumni mourn her passing and send our love, support and condolences to her family and friends Her parents, Deb and Ed Buckley, hope to found a ballet scholarship in her name.