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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A day after 10-year-old Corinne Gump was laid to rest, hundreds of people came out Tuesday evening to remember her and her grandparents, who died in a house fire March 30 on Powers Way in Youngstown.

“I was just shocked. I was holding my son and looking at the news and said ‘wow, that is just crazy’,” family friend Desa Gilbert said.

She has known Bill and Judy Schmidt and Corinne Gump for years.

“So sad, such a sad tragedy,” Gilbert said.

Of the hundreds in attendance at Tuesday’s vigil and fundraiser, some knew the family, while others just wanted to lend support.

“This community pulls together and rallies in any situation,” Katie Wilson said.

The family said they are happy to see the support, but are still trying to figure out how to put the pieces together.

“We are still comprehending this ourselves, which is really hard to comprehend,” Lisabeth Gump, Corinne’s aunt, said.

Before the walk to the house where the deadly fire happened, people packed onto a soggy neighborhood baseball field for a fundraiser. People donated money, bought tickets for a 50-50 raffle and enjoyed live music from Hat Trick, including a song to honor Corinne.

“Thank you, thank you for the support, for money they sent in. Without it, we would not have been able to bury her or her grandparents,” Lisabeth Gump said.

After an hour at the field, candles were lit and the vigil moved to the house where the fire happened.

All the money raised at Tuesday’s fundraiser is being donated to Corinne’s father.

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