HIGH RIDGE (KMOV.com) - Hundreds gathered in a High Ridge church on Tuesday night to remember a woman who was fatally shot inside a Catholic Supply store in west St. Louis County on Monday.
Jamie Schmidt, 53, was a wife and mother of three and a huge part of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in High Ridge where she sang in the choir and led retreats. Her choir director called her the foundation.
The Mass started with the hymn “10,000 Reasons.” While so many are grappling for a why, they are trying to focus on who Schmidt was.
“She was competition for a while but then when we got to do solos together, that was nice. I really like that,” said St. Anthony of Padua Choir Director Nancy Struckhoff.
Schmidt had been in the choir for decades. A photo of them performing Sister Act also includes Schmidt’s husband Gregg. The two were high school sweethearts.
Struckhoff wrote a poem for Gregg.
“How do we stop the tears? It seems we barely knew you, we want more time, more years,” part of the poem reads.
Schmidt was a mother to three daughters, worked at St. Louis Community College and not only sang in the choir, but painted the mural on the wall of the church.
“Its not surprising that she went to Catholic Supply to pick up something. It was probably a gift or something she was making or needed for a project,” said Deacon Jim G’Sell. “In my opinion, she’s a saint and a martyr and we love her. We will miss her dearly."
G’Sell, who knows the Schmidt family well, says it is unimaginable that she is gone.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Schmidt’s funeral expenses.
The fundraiser passed over $23,000 in just two days, surpassing the original goal of $15,000.
Her family released the following statement:
On the afternoon of November 19th 2018 Jamie Schmidt’s life was taken in a senseless and random act of violence. Jamie was an amazing wife and a mother of three.
Jamie was a talented artist and singer and often used her talents for her church, St. Anthony’s in High Ridge, MO. She and her husband Gregg met at Northwest High School in the early eighties and were married in 1990. Jamie had recently taken a job at St Louis Community college in Wildwood working in administration.
Our family is heartbroken as we try to accept and understand this terrible tragedy. We ask for prayers for peace and that the killer is caught before he hurts anyone else.
Bishop Edwards K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D. of the Diocese of Belleville issued the following statement to :
Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo reached out to Archbishop Robert Carlson with this statement:
.@USCCB President Daniel Cardinal DiNardo reached out to @abp_carlson to express condolences to the Archdiocese of St. Louis for tragically losing one of its faithful: Jamie Schmidt, the victim of the tragedy at Catholic Supply on Monday afternoon. #CatholicSTL pic.twitter.com/2KUHgqcpeu— Archdiocese of STL (@archstl) November 21, 2018
A funeral will be held for Schmidt Tuesday in High Ridge.