Hi my name is Kelly Cipriani and this is my story:
I have refrained from speaking publicly about the heinous nature of this crime due to the ongoing investigation, but, I would like to personally thank all LEOs, the citizens of Crestview, Florida and Okaloosa, Walton, and Escambia county who assisted in the investigation and apprehension of the people or persons involved in the murder of my Pops aka Frank Doerwald, Sr. Without your tips and help, the suspect may have harmed or injured others, so for this, I am forever grateful. May God bless each and every one of you!
Pops, was not my real father, but my ex’s father who also suddenly passed away last year. Pops and I were still dealing/struggling with this, when this horrendous tragedy occurred on July 10th, 2021. My Pops was executed with one single bullet to the back of the head… all over stealing our truck. Now I’m struggling to pick up the pieces and go on.
Frank Doerwald Sr, aka Pops was an 80 year old sweet, innocent, gentleman who would have gladly given this vile individual the truck, had he just asked!
He was a God-fearing, kind, helpful loyal friend, my best bud and the best grandpa for our fur babies.
I’m struggling to grasp why someone would harm an innocent elderly man who enjoyed going to McDonalds for his recently discovered iced coffees and $2 cheeseburgers. Pops routinely would grab his lunch and go to the park and eat it while chitchatting with whomever would give him chance. He loved living here in Crestview and enjoyed his afternoons at the park. Frank Sr was a sweet, kind, friendly old man.
It is utterly unbelievable that the routine that brought Pops such joy is what tragically ended his life and took my dear sweet friend.
Pops and I were financially dependent upon one another and I will no doubt be looking for different housing for both myself and our pets now due to this tragedy. I will also be making the loan payments on Pops truck during the insurance investigation process and will use it to cover any additional expenses, including a memorial service for Pops at a later date.
As for me, I am a daughter, sister, niece, and friend who has taken care of others for many years, putting aside my ambitions and dreams and now I find myself in need and humbly ask for financial help.
May God bless all the law enforcement officers, the teenagers who were thankfully unharmed and their families, and the compassionate community of Crestview and surrounding communities. God, please have mercy on all of us.
Rest In Peace Pops; myself, Kai and Meiko miss you terribly
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