Diane Alexis Whipple (January 21, 1968 – January 26, 2001) was a lacrosse player and college coach. Whipple had told Smith where she wanted her ashes spread: her high school and college lacrosse fields, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and a mountain. Many lesbians started seeing Smith as a symbol of courage and strength, said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Did she lose an arm? In the top corner unit, the lights were off and the television was on. ", Noel explained that Bane had just been in a fight with another dog and was "spooked.". ", Ruiz: "Do you consider that had you made a complaint, Diane Whipple might be alive today?". He has also reported extensively on the August 2012 fire that erupted at Chevron's refinery in Richmond. A San Francisco assemblywoman already had proposed a bill to expand the rights of gays and lesbians. | Jan 26, 2011 | Relationship recognition, Kate Kendell, Sharon Smith, Diane Whipple. Whipple lived on the same floor with her partner, Sharon Smith. Smith doesn’t stop thinking about her. The defense objected, but Warren allowed the responses to stand because Ruiz had brought up the civil suit in the first place. I am not going to just sit here quietly and just let this go.”. "On occasion, she would even push me" in front of her, Smith said. She’s staying alive just long enough for me to see her and say goodbye. "And now in court today was one of the most shocking questions I've ever heard," he said. Smith gave a statement to the court, and, according to the SF Chronicle, she looked at Knoller and said that more than seven years after "the worst day of my life and the last day of Diane's life, finally there is some justice." by Kate Kendell, Esq. Her husband, Robert Noel, was charged with the two lesser counts and could face a sentence of four years. The most dramatic moment of yesterday's testimony came when Nedra Ruiz, the attorney for defendant Marjorie Knoller, asked Sharon Smith -- the partner of dog attack victim Diane Whipple -- why she hadn't made any complaints about any prior incidents. Sharon Smith, Whipple’s partner, successfully sued Knoller and Noel after the criminal trial, securing $1.5 million in damages. On January 26, 2001, after returning home with bags of groceries, Whipple was attacked by two large Perro de Presa Canario dogs in the hallway of her apartment building. "We stayed away from the dogs. I didn't make a complaint. "Because they killed Diane," she said. On March 12, 2001, Sharon Smith, a woman who lived with Diane Whipple as her lover for 7 years, filed her own wrongful death lawsuit against the same defendants as Whipple's mother. Smith replied, “Well, let’s change the law.”. Diane Alexis Whipple (January 21, 1968 – January 26, 2001) was an American lacrosse player and college coach. In the year that followed, shocking details emerged about the case, and criminal charges ranging all the way to murder were filed against the owners of the dogs, Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel. “There is no doubt that Sharon’s grace and dignity and her very honest and moving comments about her situation really have struck a chord,” said Kendell, who is also representing Smith in the civil suits. “In the seven years I spent my life with Diane Alexis, she was most proud of her athletic accomplishments,” Smith said, referring to Whipple by her middle name. Advanced Search 18-25; 26-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+ Search. On January 26, 2001, after returning home with bags of groceries, Whipple was attacked by two large Perro de Presa Canario dogs in the hallway of her apartment building. I rode this Peloton competitor for 21 days. That seemed unbelievable and unfair, Smith said. After graduation, she played on the World Cup lacrosse team, then trained for the 1996 Olympics track and field team, but didn’t qualify. She was killed in a dog attack in San Francisco on January 26, 2001. They hit it off right away and moved in together in Palo Alto a few months later. Wonder Recommended for you But that changed. Sharon Smith, the partner of victim Diane Whipple, took the stand and described how Whipple told her about being bitten by the dogs some six … With Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel now awaiting their May 10 sentencing for the infamous dog-mauling death of their neighbor Diane Whipple, lawyers for Whipple's partner, Sharon Smith, have turned their attention to her pending wrongful-death civil … The National Center for Lesbian Rights joined attorney Michael Cardoza to fight for Smith's right to sue. Maria Bakalova on empowerment, Rudy Giuliani and the risky business of ‘Borat’. Tracking the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, California’s new workplace laws: COVID-19 safety, family leave and more. Basic Search Sign In. Smith responded to her loss with a quiet determination rather than anger, she said. Diane Alexis Whipple was born in Princeton, New Jersey. Sharon made the decision to attempt in every way she could to vindicate Diane’s death. Those who prosecuted Marjorie Knoller in the 2001 dog-mauling death of lesbian Diane Whipple say a state board's decision last week to deny parole to her is justice. Tempo Studio review: Is it worth the money? She plans to stay in Los Angeles until the jury reaches a verdict. “My loss is real. My heart goes out to Whipple's partner, Sharon Smith. SHOWN: Sharon Smith , the partner of Diane Whipple (CENTER). Summary: Sharon Smith is 60 years old and was born on 04/21/1960. She didn’t.”. 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