Community mourns three fire victims

Mourning fire victims
Community turns out to mourn three fire victims.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — A long line of family and friends waited to get inside Davis-Becker funeral home Saturday afternoon to pay their respect to Bill and Judy Schmidt and their granddaughter Corinne Gump.
They all died in a house fire early Monday morning.
Our cameras weren’t allowed inside and we kept a distance out of respect for the family.
Corinne’s aunt walked up to me and described the layout inside.
“The grandmother was a Jehovah witness and the grandfather did not want a funeral at all. It sort of worked because they’re on one side where the family could walk through and in the middle is where they have the screen playing with the pictures and then Corrinne’s on the other side,” said Lisabeth Gump, Corrine’s aunt.
The family was inside, dealing with a tragedy that’s hard to imagine.
“It was very emotional in there. It’s very hard. We’ve gone through a lot in the last couple of years and we’re a close family and we’re going to get through this,” said Gump.
During the service, before the calling hours, a family friend said she and others had to stand in the hall because there were so many people and watch the service on television screens.
“The speaker gave a beautiful discussion. He also gave a lot of hope to people. It was wonderful to be able to have that hope,” said Jamie Wilson, friend of the family.
The family is supporting each other during this tough time.
“You just be there when they’re hurting, when they’re wlyin’ out going crazy. You just have their back,” said Wilson.
Emotions are on the rise right now, but Gump knows that her family will make it through this.
“Attitudes are flaring and they’re angry but we’re all staying together. We’re all hurting. We’re going to stay close. We’ll be alright. We’ll be alright,” said Gump.


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