Hit-and-run crash victim remembered as family man, popular coach

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KENT, Ohio — A popular Ravenna wrestling coach and father of two was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Kent.

Police said Richard Schoepe, 37, was struck and killed while walking towards Columbus St., Wednesday morning.

Schoepe was rushed to Akron City Hospital where he died.

Friends say he leaves behind a wife and two small children.

“Him and his wife just had the best friendship. They met playing co-ed softball and he was so active with his kids, just an all around great guy,” said family friend, Angela Taliaferro.

Fellow coaches say besides being a family man, Schoepe also volunteered his time as an assistant coach with the Ravenna Youth Wrestling Club.

“The entire city has one youth wrestling program, so he’s really got a big thumb print on that in terms of working with many young men and boys,” said Matthew Wunderle, wrestling coach.

The father was leaving his job at the West Milling Company where he worked for years. We reached out to them and they said they have no comment on the incident.

Police said the driver who hit Schoepe left the scene. After talking to witnesses, a potential suspect was located just outside of Kent.

No charges have been filed.