Emporia State Fraternity to remember brother slain at Delta State University

PHOTO: Ethan Schmidt, history professor at Delta State University in Mississippi, was killed in an on-campus shooting, Photo Date: Undated - Photo: Delta State University / MGN
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- The Emporia State University family is taking time to remember shooting victim Ethan Schmidt Tuesday.

"He just had kind of a love for everything that life gave him," said Roger Heineken, ESU Memorial Union administrator.

As a Peabody, Kansas native, Schmidt earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Emporia State University. He earned a Ph. D at the University of Kansas.

Schmidt was currently an assistant professor of American History at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

"He was an excellent educator and I think he knew that a professor can shape the future through the students that they teach," said Heineken. "I believe that was at the core of his desire to make a difference through his students."

Schmidt was shot in his office Monday by fellow co-worker Shannon Lamb. Lamb was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head Monday night. Lamb is also believed to be connected to the death of Amy Prentiss in the house they shared.

During Schmidt's time at ESU he was a member of Phi Delta
Theta and served as student body president.

Phi Delta Theta will be holding a candlelight vigil Tuesday at 9 p.m. outside their house at 14th and Highland in Emporia.