Funeral, vigil set for 4-year-old girl who drowned in Warren County pond

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 2:22 PM EDT
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WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Details for the funeral and vigil have been set for 4-year-old Emerie Schandorf-Woode who died in a tragic drowning.

After eight hours of searching for the missing girl on Sunday, crews found Emerie dead in a pond in the Turning Leaf subdivision. Her cause of death, per the coroner, has been ruled a drowning.

The candlelight vigil will be at 8 p.m. Friday on Beechtree Lane.

Hamilton Township police will block off Turning Leaf Way between Wyntree Court and Crabapple Court, starting at 7 p.m. There will also be parking restrictions along Beechtree Lane.

Little Miami Schools will provide shuttles to the vigil as well. Other shuttle services will be available at Fellowship Baptist Church (247 E. US 22-3, Maineville, Ohio 45039) and St. Philip Apostle Church (944 US 22-3, Morrow, Ohio 45152) from 6:30 p.m. until 9:45 p.m.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church on US 22 in Maineville.

The funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Following the service, the procession will travel west on US 22/3 to the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

The Hamilton Township Police Department is encouraging the community to line the route with Emerie’s favorite colors - blue and purple.

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Her father, Kube Schandorf-Woode, offered his gratitude to the community for the help and support they have shown.

“I want to tell the community, we saw their love, we felt their love. We appreciate your support.”

Hamilton Township police officers are now wearing ribbons in Emerie’s honor, township administrators have put up balloons around town to pay tribute to her.

There is a GoFundMe that has been set up to help her family.

Click here to donate to the official GoFundMe account.

For those who would like to make a monetary donation to Emerie’s family, you can drop it off at the Hamilton Township Department, 7780 South SR-48 Maineville, OH 45039.

Cory Thomasetti, the owner of a local shop called Spirited by Design, is also making t-shirts in Emerie’s memory.

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