Funeral today for local soldier who died during training exercise

Updated: 06/11/2014 11:20 PM
Created: 06/11/2014 10:49 AM WHEC.com

Loved ones gathered Wednesday to say their final goodbyes to an Orleans County paratrooper.

Army Sergeant Shaina Schmigel was just 21-years-old. She died last week after a training exercise at Fort Bragg.

Schmigel was buried with full military honors. Her family says she is now next to her great-grandfather, who also served in the military. He died just a few weeks ago.

Tonya Terol, cousin, said, “I'm sure he would be so proud to have her be right next to him right now because he loved the service. Arlington would have been wonderful, but she's here with family now and we want her here. I'm glad she's home now.”

The military has not released an official cause of Schmigel's death. She was a graduate of Medina High School.

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