3 Hesston workers killed in shooting identified

Published: Feb. 26, 2016 at 11:54 AM CST
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Authorities have identified the three people killed during a shooting at a Kansas factory.

The dead were 30-year-old Renee Benjamin, whose hometown was unavailable; 44-year-old Brian Sadowsky of Newton; and 31-year-old Josh Higbee of Buhler.

The three were killed when Cedric Ford randomly shot at people while driving and when he got to the Excel Industries plant on Thursday evening. Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder shot and killed Ford inside the plant.

Higbee is being remembered as an engaged car lover, avid fisherman and a devoted father to his 4-year-old son. His sister-in-law, LaShonda Hinson, tells the Wichita Eagle that Higbee "was taught to be a very loving, kind man," and that he adored his young son.

The newspaper says Higbee was adopted into the Hinson family when he was 2 years old. His brother, Nathaniel Hinson, tells the paper Higbee was always known as a "Mr. Fix-It."

At least 14 people were wounded.