Funerals Set for 2 College Students Killed in Off-Campus House Fire

At a memorial service Wednesday, the victims were described as "full of promise, hope and love."

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 4:31 PM EDT
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Hundreds gathered at Marist College to remember three students killed in a fire at their off-campus home. Katherine Creag reports.

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Hundreds gathered at Marist College to remember three students killed in a fire at their off-campus home. Katherine Creag reports.

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Funeral services are scheduled this week for two college students who died in an off-campus house fire in the Hudson Valley that also claimed the life of a third student.     

Kevin Johnson's funeral will be held Friday morning in his hometown of New Canaan, Conn., according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Services for Kerry Fitzsimmons of Commack will be held the same morning in Dix Hills on Long Island. 

Johnson, Fitzsimons and Eva Block of Woodbridge, Conn., all 21, were killed in last Saturday's early morning fire at a town of Poughkeepsie home rented by six students at Marist College.     

Fitzsimons and Block were seniors at Marist, while Johnson was attending Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie.     

Authorities say the cause of the fire remains under investigation.     

Block's funeral was held Monday in Fairfield, Conn.     

At a memorial service Wednesday, heartbroken students, faculty and friends wept as those who knew the students took the lectern, describing fond memories.

Fitzsimmons was recalled as "one of the most positive, upbeat people" anyone had ever met.

Block was remembered as "totally fearless," a young woman intent on pursuing a career in jewelry design.

A former professor of Johnson's choked up as he recalled the student always arriving to class on a skateboard, wearing a baseball cap -- a "typical happy-go-lucky" guy who turned out to be a talented creative writer.

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