It wasn’t hard to love Loren Schmidgall. The 14-year-old McClintock High School freshman made his friends laugh and his family proud, while excelling in school and on the baseball field. On Sunday, Loren’s family said goodbye to the boy they called “Schmiddy” after he fell four stories from an ASU parking structure where he had been riding his bike.
“He was a magnificent boy,” said Julie Armstrong, his father’s girlfriend. “We
were the lucky ones to have known him.”
Police said Loren died at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital sometime in the afternoon. He had been riding his bike in the parking structure about 12:30 p.m., when he struck a wall and was propelled over the side.
Loren had played baseball in Tempe since he was 6, his family said. A natural athlete, he loved skateboarding and taking trips to Canyon Lake. Also, he liked music. Blink 182 was his favorite band and “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol his favorite song.
Loren especially loved his brother, Joey, and sister, Taylor, whom he delighted in teasing, as most siblings do.
“He was the best brother anyone could ever ask for,” his sister said.
Coaches who knew Loren called him dependable, fun and the type of kid who always treated the younger ones nicely. “I remember he was a really good kid,” said Jeff Hollow, who coached Loren on his all-star team when he was 12. “He was one of those guys who seemed to be always smiling.”
McClintock High School grief counselors were on hand Monday for any students who wanted to talk.
Teacher Lori Messer called Loren a “great student with so many friends who loved him dearly.” She said he strived to be the best he could be in the classroom and his life.
“Loren was a really great brother who really cared about me,” said Joey Schmidgall, Loren’s brother.
“We’ll always love him,” said his father, Scott Schmidgall. “He will always be in our hearts.”