Service held at South Range Elementary for fire victim

corinne gump was the victim of a Youngstown house fire
Corinne Gump


CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Dozens of people attended a memorial service Thursday for Corinne Gump, the 10-year-old girl who was killed alongside her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt, in a fire Monday on Powers Way in Youngstown.

Members of the South Range community and Corinne’s family attended the memorial service at the elementary school, which was hosted by the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) team.

FCA team member Lillian Kimpel said students and residents who didn’t even know Corinne came to the service to honor her memory. It is that type of kindness and caring that Kimpel says is what the South Range community is all about.

“We are all like family here. Every one of us was somehow affected by this, and we all wanted to make sure that everyone was part of it,” Kimpel said.

Together, wearing Corinne’s favorite color teal, teachers, students, and family members prayed, reaching to offer support to each other as they deal with the tragic loss.

“It feels amazing that so many people in the community care about this child, “said FCA team member Brook Barbessi.

Parents and children brought stuffed animals to make a memorial, all of which will be donated to a local shelter.

Funeral services for Judy Schmidt are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Davis Becker Funeral Home in Boardman. Bill Schmidt did not wish for services to be held on his behalf. Calling hours for Judy and Bill Schmidt and Corinne Gump are scheduled for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.A funeral service for Corinne Gump is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.


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